The Grand Canal

A magnificent Grand Canal of Venice. Shot in early morning when crowds of tourists are not out yet to rock old Ponte dell’Accademia.  The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal linking the San Marco district with the Accademia gallery in Dorsoduro. It offers two of the best views in Venice, looking along the Grand Canal in each direction. On one side lies the dome of Santa Maria della Salute, view on each is depicted on this ultra high definition photo.

Three rows of 6 images in each are put together to depict in meticulous details this gorgeous scene.

 

Spring in the Rockies

This is the first time I can remember when mountain valleys were so clear of ice and snow in March. Emily and I took a short excursion to K Country just to check some favourite spots.

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Some of the snow remains north of Mt Kid.

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Ice Saga Continues

On our last trip to Abraham Lake we were very lucky with gorgeous sunset and fancy sunrise the next morning. What we failed to find is some good ice. So I had to come back and do more scouting. This time luck was on our side. Usually windy like hell lake was calm and we even had to take few extra layers off not to boil to death hiking through the lake. Here is what have came out of it.

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Some trapped gas bubbles in the cross section of an ice sheet

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Some more fancy ice.  Closer to the shore ice sheets were covered in intricate web of fissures yet ice was so clear one could see the bottom of the lake through it.

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And this is Nick who have kept me company through the trip. Luckily for me Nick has a wealth of various knowledge from different fields of science and driving time went rather quickly.

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Its a magical and somewhat unnerving experience to walk on clear ice seeing dark depth of the lake under our feet. Some indication of the ice strength were periodically encountered fissures showing that there is over a foot of solid ice. Without those fissures there is no clue as to how thick that ice really is.

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