Have you heard of a brinicle?

Wow!  It is freaky cool!    😀

I just discovered this video clip the other day.  The actual scientific footage was filmed in 2012.   It’s the first time I’ve heard of a brinicle.  So interesting to see how it is created and formed and what effect it has on its immediate surroundings in the ocean.  All part of scientific studies done in Antarctica.

Our earth is a never-ending source of new discoveries!

Check it out below….

 

 

In addition, this BBC article provides some extra details.  Click here for the article.

 

 

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Photo Study #1 – Icicles

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Ice water crystals,

Molded to the dormant forms

Of twigs, buds, and stems.

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Last year in January I went outside a couple of times with my camera to capture icicles – shimmering and reflecting in the winter sunshine…..also including one overcast day.  And yet, somehow I didn’t get to posting any of those on my blog.

I carried that little twinge of regret around for a while.

So, today another opportunity presented itself – albeit briefly – to run outside with camera again to get some shots of icicles.  As the temperature had warmed up some, the ice in places was melting quickly.  Even though I know there’ll be more snow coming our way here, as I walked along the walkway in the front yard, I didn’t want to pass on today’s crystalline gems.

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The top photo and this second one show ice crystals on the common lilac just outside the front door.

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The next ones are from various shrubs in the front yard garden….

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The above icicle is wedged snuggly in a V-shape of small branches.

 

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Above – fascinating to see the thicker opaque icicles alongside the thinner and more translucent ones.

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This triple drop icicle – seen above – caught my eye.  I kept thinking….from which one will the next water droplet fall?  Except these were solid ice, so it just looked as if….

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This one – below – I kept for last, as it looks the most like a work of art; nature’s own ice sculpture.

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Everything weather-wise can change so fast!

In the relatively short span of time….some 10-15 minutes?……of my going outside – with the sun shining at first….then the clouds blocking the sun….and then things getting darker….and then LOTS of snow……I was impressed at how fast the weather changed.

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A Study of Ice at Night

Yesterday throughout the day we had a substantial amount of snowfall, which was then followed by freezing rain.  Now, in this area of Eastern Ontario, freezing rain can wreak havoc with the trees – the weight of the snow and ice causes some distress to them – as well as driving on the roads – oh so slippery! – and even power outages when the hydro lines become affected.

In spite of the stress it puts on nature and us, there is still beauty to be found in the diverse ice formations.

When I was taking the garbage bins out late last night to leave by the road, I couldn’t help but notice all the glittering in the trees that was going on, and decided to grab some shots.

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With the house light, the mood was set….

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An accumulation of frozen water globules and orbs on the railing….

And then these next two….

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…..with the different reflected ice patterns from the branches with the light…..

 

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This next one reminded me of fireworks, with the circular shapes and the rippling outwards effect….

 

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There was a little shrub with its evergreen leaves embraced by the ice….as well as the back side of my car with its bit of encrusted ice layer…..

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And finally a variety of icicles and suspended frozen water drops…..

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It was a quiet night with a tiny bit of wind and still more raindrops falling.

Ice Sheet on White Lake

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Gazing to the west,

An ice film stretches slowly

Outward from the shore.

 

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I snapped this photo today in the late afternoon during my visit with Leah, a senior lady for whom I do bi-weekly cleaning…..combined with some conversation and laughs.  This is her prized view of her favourite place to be, where she has lived for many years…..on White Lake.

One simply cannot show up at her home and be strictly business, when she is there.  Hahaha!  I am the fresh new face in her life.  The new friend.  Someone who hasn’t heard her stories and jokes before, and I gladly sit with her (before the cleaning chores), as we share a cup of tea and share of our life experiences.

Leah is recently widowed (since August of this year), and she misses her husband whom she loved dearly.  She never faltered, even when his health was getting more and more fragile over the years.  They both had reached their 80 years and would have celebrated a 60th Anniversary in August of this year, if her husband, Bill, had not died just days before.

In our chats we share the commonalities of motherhood and having raised our children as stay-at-home moms, and we regale each other with fun anecdotes of memories from days gone by.  We also share a sense of fun and spunkiness.  As I listen to her adventures, I discover more of the many facets of Leah and what makes her distinctly who she is.  She can be feisty when she needs to be; however, she prefers the harmony as reflected in the natural world around her home.  Laughter comes easily to her, along with reflective moods, love, and compassion.

You just never know when and where you will meet a new friend in your life.

Thank you, Leah, for showing up in mine.  🙂

 

Ice in the Hole

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Temperatures drop.

Clear icy layer fills in;

Odd-looking  globules.

 

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On my afternoon walk today, the wind felt quite brisk.  I had dressed warmly enough and was thankful for the sunshine, too.

The farmers have prepared all the crop fields for their winter’s rest.  So many trees stand bare.   Waiting.  Anticipation.  They will sport the glistening icicles, whilst the conifers get to wear the white dresses.

The road was dry and clear, and I almost missed this frozen indentation.  As soon as I saw it and how it formed so strangely, I wanted to share this discovery.  It was the only spot on this road that retained some water . Right up to the edges of the hole and,  even with its unusual layers and bits, was still strong enough to withstand the warmth from today’s sunshine.

I also like how the one leaf is caught up in the ice embrace.

And this is a broader view of the road and where the hole was found.

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