The Harding Ice Field trail can be hiked within a day (7 hours) and the trail leads along Exit Glacier to the so-called Harding Ice Field near Seward, Alaska, in the Kenai Fjords National Park. The hike is quite strenuous, but the views over the huge ice field are awarding. Additionally, there is a great chance to see black bears, marmots and mountain goat along the way. The weather was unusually fine and it was definitely worth it, carrying the camera all the way to the top.
Technical Info: Canon EOS 5D | ISO 250 | Focal length 800mm | Exposure 1/350sec at f/11
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | February 12
Title of the photograph: Harding Ice Field
Photo of the Day Award Category: Landscape Photography
Photograph Location: Harding Ice Field, Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska | The United States
Photographer: Karin Eibenberger ( Waidhofen, Austria / Baltimore, MD, USA ) Karin Eibenberger (28) was born and raised in Waidhofen/Ybbs, Lower Austria. She has a Master’s Degree in Scandinavian and German literature and worked as freelance translator, tour and exhibition guide before she started her second career as Biomedical Engineer. Karin currently lives in Baltimore, US, where she works as research associate and Master Student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In her private life, she married and has countless hobbies ranging from motorcycling over photography to trekking and backpacking, mountainbiking, traveling, kayaking, and – quite new – climbing. She rather prefers carrying a 30 kg heavy backpack through Alaska than leaving the camera behind. Photography has always been an integral part of her life and for Karin it’s a way to communicate and to show others how beautiful the world is outside their living rooms. With photography, one can address emotions and feelings directly, giving this medium a lot of potential power.