Creative Stroll

Time for some great creative work in the (frozen) art world!

close-ups-of-frozen-soap-bubbles-angela-kelly-macro-11It’s been awfully cold in the Midwest and East. So cold, you can freeze soap bubbles. A mom and her son did, and then posted the whole set of frozen bubbles on Facebook. The bubbles freeze, form beautiful ice flowers, and then deflate, freezing again along the way.


No two snowflakes are alike and Alexi  Kijatov photographed a lot of them in breath-taking detail.

Northern-East-Meets-Northern-West-WEBwmChris Maynard cuts art into feathers. Yes. With eye surgery scissors. And the results are beautiful.


Have a happy Sunday!

-Quinn McDonald is glad she lives in a warm climate. At least at this time of year she is.


6 thoughts on “Creative Stroll

    • The children’s book won the Caldecott medal in the late 90s, and Bentley himself was the first to photograph snowflakes successfully. I always wished the book had used his photographs instead of illustrations, but that’s just my opinion.

  1. Thank you for reminding me to stop and look and be open to the wonder of it all. It’s COLD here in NYC. And colder still out in the ‘burbs. I hear a lot of folks griping and complaining. But I guess I’m just a big kid at heart. I love the cold. I love it when it kind of takes my breath away and slaps me in the face when I walk out of the apartment building. I don’t like to be out in it once it’s become uncomfortable. And I worry for all those people and animals that are out there in the cold without a home. But the cold brings a lot of wonder to the world. Mahalo for the reminder.

    On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 2:01 AM, QuinnCreative

  2. When I had heard “all snowflakes are different” some multiple of times it finally occurred to me to ask, at some point, “why”? The simple answer is that they’re not all different — but really it depends on what “snowflake” means. The simplest ice crystal is just a plain hexagon with no “arms”; those are all identical. There are six because that’s the smallest shape water molecules can arrange themselves in. Each facet is a place where another water molecule can stick — and they stick (or the crystal “grows”) in sort of bounded randomness; each facet can either stick to another or not. You’d think there are a lot of snowflakes, and you’d be right — but it’s nothing compared to the number of possible combinations of hexagonal crystals sticking together. If you have 6 hexagons, they can fit together 720 different ways (6x5x4x3x2). Add just one more and you get over 5000 combinations. Each water molecule is hexagonal. Now molecules are pretty small, and each snowflake is made of millions of them. Calculate the number of combinations of, say, five million (5000000000 x 4999999999 x …) and there you go. This leaves out all kinds of issues, of course, but the numbers are so enormous nothing else makes that much of a difference (I think).

    Most snowflakes aren’t symmetrical, either!

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