As I write this, it’s late December with temperatures in the 70s in the Eastern US, and 50s in California where I live. Still….it’s a good time of year to be contemplating cold, winter, the beauty and the multiplicity of forms nature uses to present us with snow and ice.
Peričnik waterfall in winter by Ana Pogačar, in Slovenia
White Rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. The condensation reflects little light, and as a result, the rainbow is made up of very weak colors – like white – rather than the vibrant colors of a traditional rainbow.
Abraham Lake in Alberta just outside of Banff National Park. These bubbles are caused by methane gas. Image by Chip Phillips
Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park by Chip Phillips.
Frozen pond, Jasper, Alberta, Canada by Chip Phillips
The summit of Mount Spokane by Chip Phillips.
Mount Erebus, an active volcano in Antarctica, has a permanent lake of molten lava just below its 13,000 ft. summit. On the flanks of Erebus are steam vents that have formed towers of frozen geothermal vapor. Image by George Steinmetz
A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen arrangements giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.
Image by crestedcrazy on flickr
Image by Cotinis on flickr
By markinspex on flickr
Image from Wikimedia
Frost flowers in the arctic.
By Chris Fisher on flickr
By Martin Angus
Ice cave at the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland by Shane Wheel via National Geographic
Located in the wilderness in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, Lake Baikal holds two simultaneous world record for the deepest freshwater lake and the largest lake on the planet. Its long winter freeze is captured in these stunning photos.
By Alexey Trofimov
A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made.
For more on snow and ice, go here. For icebergs go here.
Thanks to John, Nancy, Merry and to Kuriositas for info about frost flowers and to Chip Phillips for many breathtaking images.