Welcome to the last day of our Winterfest Photofest. I know you’ll enjoy this last set of pictures that all have a quiet, contemplative quality.
First, more delicious photos by Dan Cates, who was introduced to us yesterday. I think Dan’s photos have a lovely, tranquil feel to them, and this grouping is no exception.
Next, two evocative and moody photos from the camera of Marcus Ranum (Stderr)
Finally, a serene and perfectly titled photo from JacqueG.
I’d like to thank everyone who submitted photos and made Winterfest such a success. I’d also like to thank everyone who made donations to our Winterfest fundraising campaign. If you haven’t done that yet and would like to contribute, you can do so here.
I’d also like to remind everyone that Affinity loves getting photo submissions any time of the year, so if you have any photos you’d like to share, please feel free to send them in. Our address is always in the left sidebar, underneath the colourful percolating head.
This is my first attempt at making a video, and it shows. The Pace is slow, it’s a bit rough in places and there’s some wind noise in the background that I couldn’t get rid of. It’s been a pretty steep learning curve for me, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. I had planned to add a bit of music, but I couldn’t find anything that I liked better than the sound of rustling leaves, so the soundtrack is just us walking with a bit of commentary from me. I had also hoped to end the video with Jack and I singing, but Jack’s been under the weather and hasn’t been in the mood to make music. He is slowly improving, though, so perhaps next month we’ll make another short movie full of raucous, rollicking fun.
I hope you can get a sense of how much both Jack and I enjoy walking in the woods.
Welcome! Today we have 2 submissions that are all about looking at things close up, including a few birds and a wannabe bird at the end who will make you smile. Let’s go take a look.
First, a well-captured, tall bird with beautiful amber eyes from Pieter L. Harreman. It reminds me of the heron who lives in or park, but the white hghlights of this bird make him look more dapper and elegant.
Next, a set of photos full of pattern and texture from the camera of Dan Cates. (you’ll be seeing more of Dan’s photos tomorrow on our Winterfest wrap-up)
Thanks to you both for taking the time to send these photos in. They all make wonderful additions to our Winterfest collection.
Welcome back. The first set of photos today is wildly creative and comes from the mind and camera of Avalus. I’ll let him explain,
I don’t have a Christmas tree at home, but in the lab, a reaction I did today provided a splendid alternative. Here are some glittery fotos. Below them, I will go a bit into the details of what you see there.
These shiny metal balls are beads of molten potassium sitting on top and inside of a potassium alcoholate/alcohol compound (the white crystalline, snowlike stuff) that slowly dissolves into the boiling hexane.
What happens here is that the potassium replaces the hydrogen of the OH group of the alcohol, forming a potassium-alcoholate and gaseous hydrogen, so the metal will slowly disappear over the next few days. In the end, the resulting potassium alcoholate will be liquid at room temperature, which is pretty cool, because most alcoholates are solids with high melting points.
This stuff will be used in my PhD research of weird alkalimetal organic complexes.
An accidental self-portrait on a liquid metal surface, warped by passing of hexane, running down the walls of the vessel.
Have a good (and maybe science-y) holiday season, everybody!
The next set of photos today are all about texture and pattern, and they come from the camera of our own Charly.
Lastly is a compelling group of landscape photos sent in by Peter Lindsay. Peter lives in southwestern Manitoba (Canada) and tells us that the landscape there is quite unique. Peter does photography in every season but notes that winter is a favourite time of year. They also tell us that they’re fond of loan trees, which I’m sure you’ll note in these stunning pictures. Peter has sent us a link to their pubic Flickr site, which I encourage you to check out. The collection is brimming with delicious landscapes from around the world that are well worth seeing.
Thanks to all three of you for sending in these photos.
Today’s photographs all speak to the blanketing beauty of fresh snow.
First, we have a tranquil snow scene sent in by Kelvin L. Woelk.
Next, some a few shots of this year’s first snowfall from our very own Charly.
Finally, some quiet landscape shots full of pattern, taken in central or west-central Minnesota by Mark Hesse.
“The one titled Hoarfrost was taken in Morris, MN, home of FTB’s own PZ Myers.”
Thanks for taking the time to send in your photos.
We’ve been getting lots of submissions, so I have a few photos to share with you today.
First, two fascinating photos sent in by Sheila Crosby who tell us,
Next, a beautiful home with a long driveway that speaks to the demands of winter from Suzanne Willis.
Finally, we have a beautiful and engaging photo from Todd R. I love the look of wonder on the dog’s face.
Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos. We’ll be seeing them all over the next few days, and there is still time to send us your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The address is always on the left sidebar underneath the colourful, percolating head.
The Freethought Blogs Winterfest is coming up on Saturday, December 5th, and we have all sorts of good things planned to entertain you. For the full schedule of events, you can click here or on the Winterfest logo at the top of the left sidebar on any of our blogs here at FtB. The schedule is still being finalized, so be sure to check back often to see what’s up and when, but there are lots of good things being planned. Here at Affinity, we’re hosting a Winterfest Photofest beginning Monday, November 30th, and we’d like to add your photos to the collection. You can submit your pictures to email@example.com and please let me know what name or nym you’d like them credited to. That address is permanently in our left sidebar underneath the colourful, percolating head, and if you click that link, it will open up an email form for you to conveniently use.
Why do we do all of this? That’s easy; it’s because we love you. Also, we’re celebrating an important anniversary. It was one year ago that we celebrated our legal victory over Dr. Snowflake, Richard Carrier. We’re still digging out from under the legal bills of that mess, and we would greatly appreciate any support you’re able to provide. You can donate directly to our Paypal account here or with a credit card here. I know this is a tough time of year for many folks (especially in 2020), so an appreciative audience is also plenty of support. Please tune in and let us entertain you.