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Alsek Lake lies in the remote northeastern corner of Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.

I reached Alsek Lake on a 12 day raft trip down the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers.  The lake can only be reached by river (or floatplane) and is very lightly visited.

The massive Alsek and Grand Plateau Glaciers drop electric blue icebergs into the frigid freshwater, scattering ice across the lake.  Travel on the Alsek River below Alsek Lake means sharing the water with icebergs floating out to the Pacific, about 15 kilometers downstream from the lake.

I shot this photo at sunrise on June 24, 2006.  A small gap in the pervasive cloud cover allowed the sun to illuminate the Deception Hills, a rainbow, and the brilliant ice from a massive ice break the night before.

Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D  Mark II N digital body and a Canon 28-70mm L series lens set @ 62mm; exposure: 1/25 second @ f/6.3 and 100 ISO.

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