Monday, December 30, 2013

Unusual Photos and Yet Another Blizzard

I was going to go out to ski or snowshoe, but it was nasty out there today.  Winds picked up over 40 mph and temperatures stayed near single digit.  Then I remembered that I was invited to a condo warming gathering out on Coast Guard Point.  An old softball team mate from Ann Arbor and his wife, who are coincidentally friends with others in Grand Marais, bought one of the condos a few months ago.  I took a couple of photos from their windows. 

Then I decided what I would get if I did an internet search for "most unusual photos."  There are some great ones.  There are over 55,000 caves in the United States.  Here is a photo of one of the most famous:  Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico.

The Chocolate Hills are an unusual geological formation in Bohol province, Philippines. According to the latest accurate survey done, there are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.

The Derweze area in Turkey is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 70 metres (230 ft). To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas still burns 40 years later. Locals have dubbed the cavern “The Door to Hell”.

The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes, Western Australia.

These odd-shaped clouds are often associated with a storm front, especially one involving a thunderstorm. It’s not completely understood how they form.

I have only seen the "green flash" once.  Conditions have to be perfect for this phenomenon to form.  I was expecting a "flash" and missed the photo when it was just a green streak.  This occurs very briefly before total sunset and lasts for only a second or so.  It is caused by refraction of light in the atmosphere.  I found the following photo on the internet.

To finish this posting, here are some cute photos from the internet.


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