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Sarah Bethea is not only a photographer but an adventurer and a proponent of the fragility of our world.
She has traveled far and wide attempting to showcase how fragile the Earth is but finds this message is most clear in the arctic tundra of Iceland.
These ice caves are only visitable during the summer months. Each cave is created entirely from ice, and they attract visitors from all over the world since they are accessible from a mere 30-minute hike.
"I have always wanted to be a conservationist," Bethea said in an interview with My Modern Met. "I think photos are a great way to inspire love and appreciation of nature. They can help us connect to and care for places we have not yet seen and can illustrate important issues and the need for action."
Mostly, Bethea just wants to prove that these places are worth saving.
"The disappearance of the glaciers and ice caps would be a major loss and would impact all of us around the world," said Bethea, who is an Oregon-native.
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"I would feel great to know that my work could connect people to these places and maybe even persuade people to change their actions," she continued.
While Bethea's photos are striking due to their lack of tourists, this is not always the case with Iceland's famed ice caves.
Bethea was also able to capture a phenomenon that only happens for 10 minutes every day. When the sun sets over the tundra, the sunlight lines up perfectly with the mouth of the caves to make the ice look ablaze.
All photos by Sarah Bethea, used with permission.
Via My Modern Met