Tag Archive: winter


a Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), aka Amur or Ussuri Tiger, on a snowy, moonlit night in the forests of the Russian Far East.

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White on white. A new 10-Nugget postage stamp, featuring an Arctic Fox, a digital painting of an Arctic Fox, Vulpes lagopus, on the polar ice, has just been issued by the Alaska Postal Authority. The sun hangs low in the bright blue arctic sky. Do not stare at the sun as it can harm your eyes.

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arctic fox stamp

Alaska Arctic Fox Postage

As usual this image is available on an ever increasing number of items at one of my Zazzle. stores. Search for “arctic fox.”

The Arctic Fox is comfortable in deep cold; it does not begin to shiver until temperatures drop to about −70 °C (−94 °F) due to its dense, multi-layered fur. Other adaptations to a frigid climate include fur on the soles of its feet, short ears, and a short muzzle. Arctic foxes live in burrows, in a blizzard they may tunnel into the snow to create shelter.

The coat of the Arctic fox, sometimes blue-gray, is very effective winter camouflage. The natural hues allow the animal to blend into the environment. During the short warm season its coat changes to brown or gray, again acting as camouflage in tundra rocks and plants.

During the winter, when prey is scarce, the foxes follow hunting Polar Bears on the ice pack feeding on scraps. During the summer the eat rodents, birds, eggs, and even fish. They will also feed on berries and seaweed.
Arctic Foxes have extremely keen hearing, aided by their wide, front-facing ears, which allow them to locate the precise position of their prey beneath the snow. If it hears something moving under the snow it leaps into the air and pounces, punching through the snow to catch its prey.

The range of the Arctic Foxes is circumpolar; they can be found throughout the far north. The only land mammal native to Iceland, it arrived by walking oversea ice at the end of the last ice age. The species is in generally good shape except for the population on the Scandinavian mainland. However it is losing out to the larger Red Fox where their ranges overlap.

Moroz

A dark night in Siberia – bringing in a bit of wood for the fire, conifer needles are covered in frost. Moroz (мороз) is the Russian word for frost.

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Mороз

Alaska Groan

A parody of the well known "Alaska Grown" logo.

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alaska groan

Parody of the Alaska Grown logo

It can get rather chilly in Alaska. At one time I lived where the temperature on winter nights regularly got down below minus sixty. The Alaska Grown logo serves to increase consumer awareness and consumption of Alaska agricultural products. I highly recommend you try Alaska-grown products whenever possible. The long days of summer can make for some very healthy vegetables including carrots as sweet as candy.

This is the Alaska Grown original:

alaska grown

Alaska Grown

Qaanaaq

A fractal depiction of the Northern Lights reflected off the surface of the Arctic Ocean.

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qaanaaq

The Northern Lights

I entitled this Qaanaaq after a settlement in northern Greenland; one of the northernmost inhabited spots on the planet. I like the sound of the word and it seemed appropriate for the image.

This image is available on numerous items through Zazzle.com; not at my wildlife store, but at Fractal Fire, where I post my fractal art.

A nice rural scene here. A dilapidated, old, red truck sitting near an abandoned cabin.

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old truck and cabin

The Old Red Truck

Not! I manufactured the image from three photographs I took in Sandpont, ID over a period of years using free software.

Here is the original photograph of the truck. You will notice that the truck is white. Transforming it into a red truck was a bit more difficult than it would otherwise have been as the color was so close to that of the snow. Still, it only took a few minutes.

old white truck

The Old White Truck

Here is the original photo of the house. Notice that the image is horizontally reversed.

ramshackle cabin in sandpoint, id

Ramshackle Cabin

And here is the original background image, also horizontally reversed, from some years ago.

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Background Image

The three photos assembled into one. As I was not trying trying to create an image to fool the Internet public I did not take much care with precision cropping of outlines; or matching hues, saturation or luminosity. Not bad though; for a quickie job.

three photos combined to make one

Three Photos Into One

Be warned You can’t trust what you see. There are many people out there trying to put one over on you.

Tuvaaq

As I have noted before; sometimes you just get lucky. I came up with a random, sort of, fractal the other day resembling a highly-stylized human wearing fur clothing. It even appears that there is a wind-blown fur ruff around the parka hood. I thought it would make a nice addition to my series of postage stamps for an independent Alaska; all I needed to do was drop into an appropriate polar background an add a harpoon based on an actual Inuit weapon. The result is below. I hope you like it. “Tuvaaq” is the word for hunter in Inuktitut, the Inuit language.

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Tuvaaq - Hunter

Tuvaaq

Here’s the fractal without the fancy background.

Tuvaaq Fractal

Fractal Hunter

Both versions of the image are available on a number of items at my Zazzle store.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost making art on your windows. I added a wintery background to a random fractal which resembles ice patterns on a window pane. The glowing blobs of color, elements of the original fractal image, are just a nice plus.

The winter solstice arrives tomorrow.

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Jack Frost

Jack Frost At Work

Those patterns on your windows during winter appear as water vapor crystallizes. The patterns are caused by slight changes in the temperature of the air, but other factors, related to the formation of snow and other forms of frozen precipitation, also contribute to variations in design.

They often begin when a film of condensed moisture is frozen by a puff of cold air, and the glass gets a thin sheet of ice. Perhaps another film of moisture forms and trickles down, cutting ditches and tiny streams through the underlying ice, while another puff of cold air freezes this moisture. New frozen vapor molecules may add microscopic ice crystals. The freezing and melting process repeats again and again. Bit by bit the subtle weather conditions etch the window panes with patterns.

Like snowflakes, frost needs a nucleus around which to form. Ice crystals form on dust, small bumps and imperfections in a windowpane, or the texture of plants. Then frost grows as more ice crystals form on the ones that have gotten started. It can make fanciful feathery or spiky patterns.

In contrast, when water vapor condenses into water droplets on a cold windowpane and these droplets then freeze slowly, the ice has a different look, as seen in the close-up photo of frozen condensation droplets. The large bubble-like shapes in the photo are frozen condensation droplets, and the many small lines on their surface are cracks that formed as the ice froze and expanded.

Hunting Under The Lights

I’ve had this picture on my computer for some time. After a bit of software tweaking it looks fairly nice.

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A Polar Bear hunts on the Arctic ice during the long, dark polar winter

On The Prowl

It is amazing that Polar Bears manage to survive. Think about it. Wandering on floating, drifting ice through the long, polar winter; in total darkness for much of the time.. Totally dependent on finding the breathing holes of seals hiding under the ice to stay alive. When winter ends they come ashore and generally eat nothing until the ocean freezes up again.

Due to climate change they are forced to go for ever longer periods without food. Their future looks bleak.

Please think about them, all the pother endangered species, and the furute for humans as well. Do what you can to avoid contributing to climate change.

The 13th Day

Today’s entry is from a fractured version of a well-known seasonal song.

...and a porcupine in a pine tree

The 13th Day

Available on cards and other items at my Zazzle store.