Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Smoke On The Water


At noon today along with the ever-present eagles roosting on poles across the street from my door there were these super thin sheets of ice spinning downstream with the current, each with its own trajectory and course but also confined by the banks of the stream. They spun and smashed into each other, so thin they looked like smoke or fog, forming and reforming like plates of the Earth creating Pangea in a dozen different forms in as many seconds. I could have spent the afternoon watching but the wet snow and Chico's relentless desire to locate lye drove me inside to the laptop and then to the responsibilities of the workplace. . . . . my mind returned to those spinning sheets of frozen smoke throughout the afternoon and I pondered the meaning of the messages scribbled on the water surface by an unseen hand . . . .

6 comments:

Steve said...

Cool phenomenon, Steve. I wonder if it has a name.

I live in SC but met someone who lived in Dutch Harbor for about three years. She was the pastor at the United Methodist church there, and he was a wildlife photographer, Kathy and Ken.

You have a great blog.

verybadcat said...

Those pics are just incredible. I know I keep saying that, but there aren't enough words for them. Incredible is just what I keep coming up with. :)

Jennifer McKenzie said...

I'm with VBC. I know I repeat the words I use, but your work is just BEAUTIFUL. Every time. You really are talented with a camera. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Kym said...

I want to vote for talented with a keyboard. This was a beautifully worded post. I love the "plates of Earth creating Pangea" image! And also the metaphor of the messages scribbled on water. Lovely writing!

AlaskaSteve said...

Thanks guys - it was wierd, my mind is normally just worn out and frazzled by the time I get a chance to blog but last night when I posted I felt like I actually had something to say for a change. Those ice sheets were really quite something . . . . . and Jen, my pictures are definitely not always beatiful but they are always honest, and they represent what I've been up to in real time for the most part . . .

Zack said...

I am going to have to agree with the always beautiful part, as suggested by the Feb. 2 post. The ice flowing down the water in such a thin layer was very interesting though. Can't say I have ever seen anything like that either. Wish could have seen it in action.