Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How Cold Was It?



Last week on the boardwalk I noticed footprints........frozen.


I believe these are formed when after a snowfall 
someone walks through the snow which compacts
under their weight.


Then the footprints freeze and the rest of the snow blows away
leaving the footprints intact.


Just another one of those interesting phenomenons that 
happens here in the Northern Hemisphere in winter.


These remind me of fossils which have been petrified.





34 comments:

  1. It looks like you had previously walked both ways with Sophie, Ron.

    Neat, huh?

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    1. It is!
      Now, how was your weather last night? House still intact?

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    2. Everything is fine, thank you. Some damage further north and east, I believe.

      Tacky did get to spend the night in the house though, her little 'cube' kept blowing away and she was terrified of the wind. (She was quiet and settled in quite well in the carrier - tonight she thinks she wants to come in again. NOT happening!)

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  2. i like the wavy shadow line, great for a quilt design.Fossils??? Watch out Sophie. Cheers from Jean

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    1. That was what drew me initially Jean....that shadow of the fence. One would think it was a crooked fence which it isn't.
      Sophie LOVES this weather! Her 'fur coat' is perfect....almost as good as Merino!!!!lol

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    1. One of my majors in university was archaeology and wouldn't it be a blast to find 'real' ones, Debra!?

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    1. It happens here John usually in February when things freeze up for two weeks. This year it was earlier. Always find it interesting though.

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  5. That's a lot of petrified footprints! We do find the most interesting things to entertain us during the winter as we wait for spring to finally arrive!

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    1. Yes we sure do Martha! When there is only frozen ground and snow everywhere I will jump on anything that looks different.

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    1. I guess it is, come to think of it Becky! But it does make sense especially as its been really cold here. These will all disappear today as we are having rain!! Gotta LOVE Maritime weather!

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  7. I like the shadow of the rail on the boardwalk.

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    1. I as well, Pat. Trying to figure out why it's so wobbly looking.

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    1. That did occur to me too, Stew. Because who in their right minds would be out in this cold!? With exceptions though.....lol.

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    2. Enjoying the warm-up? Too bad it has to always come with cold rain. I think I'd rather have the cold and snow.

      The ghost are from the many shipwrecks along the coast. Their wanderings is what causes the cold spots, don't cha know.

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  9. Brrrrrrrrrrr! To cold for comfort, haha! We never know just quite what the weather in North Texas is going to do, Monday it was 75- today its 34.... but a steady constant is that it NEVER rains! Stay warm, spring is coming!

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    1. Oh you Texans are so spoiled!! Never rains? That is strange indeed! It is raining here as I type!

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  10. You have the eye of an artist, Jim!
    It takes someone truly observant and artistic to find the beauty in something so commonplace.

    When we lived up north in Lansdowne House the same thing happened. But instead of footprints, we had packed footpaths in the snow, and then when the snow melted there were raised footpaths everywhere. It was hilarious!

    I was looking at the fence in your last photo, and I can see the wood curved or warped a little. Also there is snow and ice stuck to the wood. So maybe that is causing some of the curved lumpiness in the shadows. Whatever they are gorgeous!

    I was just reading a few "Cloud Atlas" quotes and had written these words from the book on my calendar: "Snow is bruised lilac in half light: such pure solace." (David Mitchell). Your shadowed blue snow is just what I was thinking of! Have a good evening!

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    1. Thanks Louise. Guess I find the simple things more interesting at times. Interesting about your footpaths too! It all makes sense.
      What a lovely way to express snow in light. Thanks for this. The best of evenings for you too!

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  11. Hi Jim,
    Like foot prints in the sand except the opposite - foot releifs on the board walk! I think they are funny!
    Ivan

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    1. Me too Ivan! They did look quite odd all by themselves there!

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  12. Now I would have never thought about why those footprints were there. You - and Gary too... always thinking about why something or another is the way it is... what caused it.. etc. We were on our way to church on Sunday and Gary suddenly pulled off the road and pointed out a tree in the valley. He said there was an owl on the tip-top of it. (I didn't see it) Sure enough, after sitting there for just a moment it flew away and it did look like an owl. You guys. Always observing!

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    1. Bobbi, Gary and know that it's the little things that really count in this world!! Must be a man thing?!

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  13. I like both the footprints and the ripple shadow. Very cool (cold).

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    1. I agree Terry. The two together make for an interesting combo! Have a great day....where ever you are!!

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    1. Good morning birthday girl! Thanks for dropping by.

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  15. What an interesting phenomenon...I have found that the most interesting things in the world are contained right in my own yard, if I just look down.

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    1. That is so true Cathy! We don't have to look very far to far something of interest.

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