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.
I grew up in snow country and never have I seen some of these formations. Absolutely fascinating, absolutely!
Simply, GOD BLESS YOU DUSKY, for the wonders of the Creator you are collecting and sharing.
May you have a wonderful, healthy, happy, peaceful New Year together with your loved ones.
Sincerely and gratefully yours,
I was cold when I opened-now I feel silly! Thank you for sharing the beauty of nature.
What a wonderful set of images to inspire me this morning. Thanks Dusky!!!
I always enjoy your postings. I live in snow country ( – 29 Celsius ) this morning and have never seen anything like these.
Wishing you a Happy New Year and many more breathtaking photos.
It makes my heart sing! Thank you.
Breathtakingly Beautiful!! thank you for sharing these. May you be blessed in the coming New Year.!!!
Positive delight to see this way for some one such as me who
has spent 8o plus years in the sub tropics avoiding the ‘cold’
like the plague. Super photo’s – thanks
Too beautiful for words!
Magnificent!! God’s handiwork.
You continue to dazzle and delight. Thanks so much. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
Just thank you for making the world more beautiful if only people would realize that..
Just wonderful.. As we are having a heat wave.
It makes me feel cool just looking at these …Thank You .
Magnificent photos… thank you for sharing them!
AWE inspiring what God can do and the senses He has given us to enjoy these things.
What a treat to see the snow and ice (which I do not love, in real life) looking so beautiful. Happy New to you, Dusky…you bring so much pleasure to all of us. Thank you!
Beautiful as always, thanks for sharing, Happy New Year, keep those photos coming. Some wonderful photographers in the world.
Dear Folks at Dusky Wondersite,
Greetings for a Happy New Year…..
I have not seen snow / ice in real life as yet…..these pictures in away made my dream come true, without feeling the COLD!!
Thank you or ‘Dhanyavaad’, as we say in Hindi…..
Wonderland that is very spectaculer. Great
These are Awesome Ed. Thank you
God’s work of art and only He can do this. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures of nature & beauty. I will share them with all my email friends. God Bless!
Very veri nice. Thank you