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Beauty in the sadness of deglaciation
8th September 2023
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Apart from the deafening alarm bells ringing about the impacts of carbon emissions, I find (the resulting) collapsing of glaciers really … sad. I’m not alone; I read a brilliant article by Bernd Ritchel in an Otztal visitor magazine in 2019 almost grieving for the loss of familiar glaciers “My thoughts revolve around the tours of my youth and my helplessness in the face of global warming… all I can do now is to be grateful and to enjoy what is still left”.

I wandered the margins of the Langflue and Feegletscher this afternoon above Saas Fee. It was undeniably beautiful, but also tragic in that these glaciers are dying because of excessive carbon emissions. In a rather surreal twist, my mind wandered to films I saw many years ago where art and tragedy (indeed, horror) overlapped – Anthony Hopkins listening to opera and drinking a fine ch-ch-ianti whilst preparing to be horrific in the Silence of the Lambs and Tarantino’s dark use of the otherwise chirpy “Stuck in the Middle with You” and some cool dance moves as horror unfolds. If you haven’t seen these, don’t – they probably aren’t for you – but if you have, you’ll get what I mean.

So here is a bit of beauty that would be better not to exist. Choose your own soundtrack.

Note: you might need to double click on a few to see the whole picture

 

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