You might have heard from your Italian friend complaining about the scorching heat in Europe this past summer. But how did the glaciers react? In the Ötztal region of the Italian Alps, an antique bicycle showed up after Rotmoosferner Glacier melted at 3,000 meters. Scientists estimate that there has been an accelerating trend of glacier retreat in the region where the glacier is located. Where did the bicycle come from? It might be related to the vigorous smuggling business between the Austrian and Italian border after World War II.
This Photo Friday, view images of Rotmoosferner Glacier’s retreat and the surprise find of the antique bicycle.
Fiona Bunn, a British and Swiss Alpine landscape photographer, is committed to creating awareness of human impacts on glacier landscapes.
“My alpine photography highlights both the ageless grandeur of the Alps, yet also its innate vulnerability to humankind’s impact,” says Fiona on her work.
Her photographs are inspired by her childhood visits and explorations of Swiss mountains and interest in arts and graphic design.
“The glaciers I visited as a child are now rapidly shrinking. I actually remember the physical shock of seeing the degradation in the size of the Grenz Glacier when I returned to the Valais region of Switzerland some years after my visits as a child. There is an active debate surrounding this; my main hope is that featuring the beautiful Alps and glaciers through my photography will also draw our attention to those who live there. These alpine communities livelihoods depends upon the glaciers which created these beautiful landscapes. Such extreme melt is an indicator of something drastically changing in our climate. It has gone beyond reversal in my opinion, but we can at least seek to preserve what remains as much as possible,” says Fiona Bunn.
Fiona’s photographs have been exhibited at the Menier Gallery and the Brick Lane Gallery, in London, as part of the Milan Expo, and also in the Alpine Museum in Zermatt.
In honor of International Mountain Day on Sunday, December 11th, GlacierHub is excited to share with you our most-liked photos on Instagram. You can follow us @glacierhub for more images collected by our authors. After all, who doesn’t love amazing photos of glaciers?
And don’t forget to check out more info on International Mountain Day, a global celebration of mountain life established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003. This year’s theme is “Mountain Cultures,” celebrating diversity and strengthening identity. #MountainsMatter