Frosty Morning


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In the past, I never liked this time of year. Too cold outside to enjoy the weather, all the leaves have fallen, and there isn’t any snow around. You don’t have to look far to find a good photograph though:

I decided to go for a walk down a section of the North Simcoe Rail Trail. It was a little disappointing until I arrived at a slightly open field, once belonging to the small village of Josephine. I didn’t care much for the buildings (piles of rubble at this point), but there was enough scenery to catch my eye:

Changes to the blog! + A few pics


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I worked on updating and changing a few things on my blog yesterday, including:

– Shortening the archive list on the left, now links to a full archive passed 12 months
– Adding random images to the right sidebar
– Changed all of the header images, 18 new ones
– Header images now fade from one to another without reloading the page
– Colour scheme changed from green to blue
– Other odds and ends

Please let me know what you think!

Also, a few photos from another recent waterfall outing. I took the Barrie Photo Club out this past weekend and got a few good shots myself:

More Frozen Dew Drops


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I’ve had some wonderful comments on the previous post – thanks so very much everyone!

Quite a few people have asked to see more of these droplets, so here it is – the complete gallery of frozen dew drop photos. Some of them are unexplainable and mysterious. While some of what you see can be linked to the crystal structure of water, much of it can’t.

I was in contact with Kenneth Libbrecht, Professor of Physics at Caltech and Chairman of the Physics Department regarding these droplets. Ken is the man behind the outstanding website snowcrystals.com and had this to say about it:

“First of all, that is a very nice photograph.  I think your understanding of the picture is correct, although I too cannot explain the unusual geometry of the drop for certain.  It could be some kind of chemical effects, but perhaps not.  Since this is a very unusual occurrence, it make rely on any number of unusual circumstances.  “

In any case, I find them fascinating. I hope you will too:

Young Worlds


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Yesterday I had my final class with my students, an excursion to photograph waterfalls in the Bracebridge area. The weather was great, although a little chilly in the morning. I think everyone had a great time, myself included. Now, I had been to these falls many times so I was looking for different subjects – which I found:

Water bubbles. Formed by a small cascade of water in a calm pool of water that slowly moved on to larger falls. I was fascinated by the reflections, and took a hundred photographs until I found the perfect one.

The temperature overnight had dropped below freezing, but I believe this was after dew had already formed on many low-lying plants. The result of frozen dew drops should speak for itself:

I haven’t researched this, but here is my idea of what creates those interesting frozen patterns: The outside of the water droplet likely freezes first. Once it freezes into something of a shell, the inside begins to freeze. The water inside expands when it freezes and has nowhere to go, so it breaks the outer shell of the water droplet in random (and beautiful) patterns. It reminds me a turtle shell.

I took a few more water droplet photos, I’ll probably post more later but there are a few extra in the gallery below. Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who took my course – it was a blast!