Wait for the spectacular images …
I know I am really milking this image, but I am showing it in comparison to some real gorgeous winter photos below and those in the contest if you go to the gallery, here. I was having a tough time getting to Gardening Gone Wild yesterday, and with all my blog problems, decided to make a fresh post for my entry.
Make sure to see all the other entries in the Picture This contest too. I learn so much about photography from the GGW site. Special thanks to GGW for having the monthly contest and here is my entry for the Gardening Gone Wild Contest again. Now for the good stuff…
And you know I do not use the term Sense of Place lightly, as I explained in my previous post. Again these scenes are not made by man but Mother Nature, by favorite designer by far. And even you bloggers tired of winter have to admit this is really beautiful watery scenery.
And, they are not my photographs either so very sad to say, although you can bet I wish they were. These were emailed to me from a good friend and I just have to share. I have included the text as written word for word too. It is shown in italic.
So Happy Monday and I bet they bring a smile, one of true amazement.
Welcome to Lake Michigan in Winter
Update, just in today (March 3) from the friend sending the email…
I apologize for sending out the photos from “Lake Michigan” as someone (who checked it out) said they are really from some place else and NOT Lake Michigan. I sort of wondered but took them at face value. They were beautiful photos though and worth sending out, but I stand corrected.
Here is what I received from an informed email friend.
Great photos.Great icebergs.Not Lake Michigan.
Photos taken by Norwegian sailor who was 1,700 miles off coast of South Africa; thus they are Antarctic icebergs. We’ve seen such in the Arctic regions, but, growing up on Lake Michigan, never saw such a thing because they don’t happen there. These photos discussed on a number of myth busting websites.
Icebergs in Lake Michigan sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.
Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.
When an iceberg falls into the lake, a layer of water can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the lake.
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That’s what it is like in Lake Michigan where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing.
Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air.
Whoever was responsible for these amazing images, a huge thank you for sending them out. Here is a link for the images shown from Snopes, just received from a commenter. I thank them for finding it to give the credit. And if you click this link, you will be taken to Snopes and will find another link to click to see icebergs in the Antarctic. These are spectacular. Is the internet not the most amazing place to travel?
I am someone who appreciates the cold winter and find so much beauty around, but these images really stopped me in my tracks. I can truly feel the cold in this place. I can sense the wonderment of being here. I relish the magnitude of quiet solitude in the cold damp air. I would feel the cleansing that winter brings all around me.
And oh, how I would love to be that guy in this photo…. what a stunning place. Sculpture made by temperature. I mentioned last post how sometimes the smallest detail is all you need to see, but this is a case of the opposite. The detail is large and looming. Scale means everything.
Stop back tomorrow for my monthly Gardening Magazine, The Niagara Falls Garden. It is in the fifth month of blog publication with January’s issue found here. I do it each month for May Dreams Gardens, Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I know I am a bit link happy in this post, but if you have some free time, jump around. And PLEASE let me know if you are having any trouble accessing my blog. I would really appreciate the feedback.