SUNSET AT BELLAVISTA

SUNSET AT BELLAVISTA, ONE OF THE SUMMITS IN THE PIZ PALU, BERNINA REGION ABOVE THE MORTERATSCH GLACIER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUERG KAUFMANN

Bellavista timeless beauty.
These three peaks are called „Bellavista“ the highest is 3922m you find them between the well-known Piz Palu and Piz Bernina in the Morteratsch Glacier Region in the Engadin near world-famous St. Moritz.

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Shades of gray

Shades of gray on the Aletsch Gacier

Oberfläche vom Aletsch Gletscher fotografiert von Jürg Kaufmann

Seit jahren faszinieren mich die Gletscheroberflächen, diese varieren sehr stark von der Gletschzungen bis hinauf zum Gletscherursprung.

An diesem Tag lief ich früh am Morgen los vom Bettmerhorn, es war grau, nass und kalt. Es war schon einige Zeit her, dass ich einen ganzen Tag Zeit hatte für den Gletscherweg  welcher bis zum Märjelensee führt.

Die letzten Gletscherexpeditionen waren ziemlich anstrengend, 20 kg Rucksack mit der kompletten Fotoausrüstung und den Steigeisen. Da wir meisstens zu zweit auf dem Gletscher unterwegs sind arbeite ich mehr nach einem Plan und suche gewisse Zonen oder Gletscherspalten,

Diesen Morgen war ich alleine unterwegs, und konnte mir etwas mehr Zeit nehmen, das genoss ich sehr trotz der Nässe und Kälte. Nach ca 2h kam entlich ein wenig Sonne und das Licht fing an über den Gletscher zu wandern.

Aus einem fast aussichtslosen Tag wurde inner weniger Minuten ein super Tag fürs fotografieren, manchmal braucht es einfach ein wenig Geduld.

Wenn mann genua hinschaut findet mann viele kleine und grössere Spalten mit dem „Gletscherblau“.

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June 2013, Bettmeralp, Aletsch Glacier

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The surface of the Aletsch Glacier photographed by Jürg Kaufmann

I have been fascinated by the glacier surfaces for years, they vary greatly from the glacier tongues up to the glacier origin.

That day I left the Bettmerhorn early in the morning, it was gray, wet and cold. It’s some time ago that I had a full day for the glacier hiking trail that leads to the lake Märjelen.

The last glacier expeditions are normally pretty exhausting, 20 kg backpack with all the photo equipment and crampons. Most of the time are two of us  on the glacier, and we work more following a bit of a plan and look for certain zones or crevasses,

This morning I was hiking alone and had a bit more time, which I enjoyed very much despite the wet and cold. After about 2 hours the sun appeared and patches of light started to wander over the glacier.

An almost hopeless day turned into a great day for photography within a few minutes, sometimes it just takes a little patience.

If you look carefully you will find many small and large crevasses with the „glacier blue“.

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June 2013, Bettmeralp, Aletsch Glacier

United Nations Climate Report

The united nations climate report is published and can be downloded here.

I really like the summary below:

Overall, this report finds many reasons for optimism, but much work remains. It’s clear that business as usual simply isn’t good enough anymore. We must do more – much more – in areas related to mitigation, adaptation, and the finance to support all of this work. And we must do it quickly.

And the quote from UN Secretary General António Guterres

I want to hear about how we are going to stop the increase in emissions by 2020, and dramatically reduce emissions to reach net-zero emissions by midcentury.

This quote brings it quite to the point, the world by now knows that we need to change, but what are those changes? I really wnat to see and hear them too.

Here a few key statments from the Climate Report:

The bottom line is that while momentum exists, we need much more climate ambition.

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The race against climate change is one we can and must win.

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While climate action has accelerated since Paris, it still falls far short of an unprecedented transformation needed to limit impacts of climate change.

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Sunrise on the glacier tounge

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It was for sure out of the beaten tracks, that morning, we left the hut very early together with my friend and guide Simon.
We crossed the fresh and nicely smelling Aletsch forest and found a way down to the glacier tongue.

I was a bit nervous, as always when you realize you are in a particular area, I know that’s not a place I can come back very quickly.
You want to take an incredible photo, you keep searching while walking around. In the same time, we knew the terrain ist not very stable and can slide almost any moment.

I had in mind those typical glacier tongue photos, but I wasn’t that special until I saw the first sunrays coming up behind the threes of the Aletsch forest.

This was the photo thats morning. Will be hard to do any better in the next few hours.
Photography thought me a lot about life in the last few years. You focus on something, and suddenly you realize it is there, but you just have to turn and look on the other side.

#sunrise #aletsch #nature #aletschforest #aletschwald

 

 

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We need to change

Seit fast einem Jahrzent besuche und fotografiere ich immer wieder den Aletschgletscher ein wichtiges Elemnet der UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Region

Am Anfang war ich einfach erstaunt über die Größe und die Tatsache, dass man beobachten kann, wie sich eine so riesige Eismasse langsam das Tal hinunter bewegt. All dies umgeben von einer unglaubliche schönen Bergwelt.

Erst als ich die Gelegenheit und das Privileg hatte, einige Tage auf dem Gletscher zu wandern, wurde mir klar, wie flüchtig und zerbrechlich dieser Riese ist.

Es ist nicht nur der Aletschgletscher; Auf allen Kontinenten gibt es noch mehr Gletscher,  und sie schmelzen ganz einfach weg.

Ich bin kein Wissenschaftler, es wird nie meine Absicht sein dies zu erklären. Als Fotograf  kann ich nur die Schönheit und die Zerbrechlichkeit dieses natürlichen Lebensraums zeigen. Helfen Sie mir bei diesem Projekt.

Es gibt viele Möglichkeiten, diese Bilder und Botschaften einem breiteren Publikum zugänglich zu machen. Ich möchte uns inspirieren, das Verhalten mit unseren natürlichen Ressourcen zu ändern. Dies ist eine unserer Aufgaben für die zukünftigen Generationen.

Jürg Kaufmann
Since almost a decade I have been visiting and photographing the Aletsch glacier which is a key part of the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region.

In the beginning, I was simply amazed by the beauty, the size and the fact that you can watch such a giant mass of ice moving slowly down the valley. On top, this giant glacier is surrounded by an incredible landscape of mountains.

Soon I started to seriously hike and explore the glacier with the camera and other photo equipment. Most of the time small expeditions lasting several days. During these hikes, I realized how privileged I am to be able to see and live this natural environment, however, I also discovered the fragility of this giant. This applies not only for the Aletsch Glacier; there are many more in the Alps and around the globe on all the continents which as spectacular and simply melting away.

I’m not a scientist, it will never be my intention to explain why this is happening. There are a few scientist which are working on a regular base on the Aletsch glacier. A few of them will be present in a later stage within this project.

My goaI is to show the beauty and the fragility of this natural habitat. For years I have published only a very limited number of this images now with the project www.glaciers.today I want to show more of this precious environment.

Help me with this project, there are many ways to bring these images and messages out to a wider audience.

I want to inspire you and many other to change the behavior with our natural resources, this is one of our responsibilities for the future generations.

Jürg Kaufmann

 

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Albert Einstein

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