My bus drive brought me to this magnificent site – Franz Joseph Glacier, on the west coast of the South Island.
The Glacier itself is constantly on the move, slowly edging down the valley, carving out more structure as it goes, carried by the weight of ice and snow that pile up on the top and by the force of Gravity.
At the moment, however, the Glacier is receding, which means it is melting at a faster rate than the ice is being created. In 2008 the Franz Joseph Glacier reached down to the bottom third of this photo, but global warming has seen its melt rate increase in the last 6 years.
The melt water runs down the oceans, increasing the sea level. If the sea level rises many, if not most, island nations will be affected, leading to whole communities and countries being ‘on the move’ to find safe homes.
A little late for this week’s photo challenge, as I’ve been on the move with Kiwi Experience, travelling through the South Island of New Zealand.
I’ve been sitting in the front seat hoping to be able to take some good driving pictures. This is a bridge originally built around the time of New Zealand’s gold rush.
My garden in Newcastle, I can take no credit for the flowers.
It’s easy to forget that people actually work in this street in Melbourne covered in the most amazing graffiti.
Taken today. The stillness of the giant saltwater crocodile in the water gave an amazing reflection. In Melbourne.
Taken in the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Inside Affleck’s in Manchester, you can find an emporium of strange and wonderful things collected together just waiting to be photographed.
From the outside news reports the protests in Bangkok in February 2014 were more like riots, clashes with the police and sadly people died.
Inside, this was not the case everywhere. The protests were spread across a large area, with tents, music, food, I was given free water and invited to write on the pro-democracy walls.
A ten minute walk into the protest site I found these children dancing.
When I feel like I’ve had a really tough day I have a flick through a photo album on my computer that helps me put things into perspective. One is of me, my friends and family having fun, to remind me that I can have fun. The other, from which this photo is taken, reminds me of things that others have gone through.
This photo was taken at the JEATH Museum in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, which commemorates the live lives lost of those working on the ‘Death Railway’ as forced labour for the Japanese Army during WW2.