My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves (and some Northern Lights)

on March 8, 2014

March 1, 2014

Almost every Feb. or March Juneau has a cold snap where Mendenhall Lake freezes enough that individuals can get out on the lake to cross country ski, or hike etc.  Typically during that time it is also quite sunny and the rain or snow subsides for a few weeks.

These explorations around Mendenhall Glacier are typically astounding, and the photos that come out of the visits make our Christmas Card each year, it is truly part of what makes Juneau such an incredible place to live, these things are in our back yard.

This year the glacial caves are getting a lot of attention from National news outlets but here are a few of my photos from the weekend of March 1 and 2, 2014.  I went on my own Sat. but did not enter the caves.  I made Harry get up early with me on Sunday and get out there when 1) there were not many people there at all and 2) I felt a little more safe with it being colder in the morning.  There is danger doing this but it was worth the risk!

The few Northern Light pictures are NOT taken by me, rather a friend of a friend.  Thought you may enjoy seeing them!


out near the face of glacier


harry inside the cave, yes, real colors, not altered at all


me enjoying being silly


over my right shoulder is a ice column in the cave, facinating


just outside the cave with the peaks above my head being higher up on glacier.


harry at the face being silly himself


while in the cave we are looking up out of these holes…


this ice cave I would not venture into, there were sounds coming out of it and that triangular piece above Harry’s left arm looks to scary to me.


I hiked out to face on Sat. by myself, but did not venture into the caves


just as you enter the cave


that ice column that is in the middle of the cave, not quite sure how it formed, possibly a water drip that grew???


the natural heart cut out I found hiking around the face of glacier


out near face so much BLUE


not touched up at all, the colors were simply incredible, almost looks fake doesn’t it?

Dylans house aurora 1

during this same time period we also get great Northern Lights. I did NOT take this photo rather it was taken by David Reed, a friend of a friend of a friend.

North Douglas

again by David Reed, this is taken out on North Douglas. the lights along the bottom are car lights. the light over the hilltop to the right is near our home!

2 responses to “Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves (and some Northern Lights)

  1. Tom Milan says:

    Wow! Thanks, Timi! Impressive and beautiful!


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