Saturday, December 22, 2012

frost flowers...

"These are ice sculptures that grow on the border between sea and air." Near the North Pole the air is extremely cold and extremely dry, colder than the ocean surface. "When the air gets that different from the sea, the dryness pulls moisture off little bumps in the ice, bits of ice vaporize, the air gets humid — but only for a while. The cold makes water vapor heavy. The air wants to release that excess weight, so crystal by crystal, air turns back into ice, creating delicate, feathery tendrils that reach sometimes two, three inches high, like giant snowflakes. The sea, literally, blossoms."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

snow art

Artist Simon Beck loves the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

today in the kenai pennisula

The largest member of the Crow Family, Ravens average 24 inches tall, with a wingspan of 46-56 inches. Their coloration is all-black with a metallic shine of purple or violet that is noticeable in certain lighting conditions. The bill is large and stout. In flight, the tail appears wedge-shaped, which distinguishes it from crows

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012