Saturday With A Twist, Part 1

This is the first of three posts I’ve got on tap for you today, which will reblog a total of five wonderful posts from that oh so awesome Twisted Sifter blog. Yeah, I know, it’s been far too long… 😀

Finding the Ocean Inside an Opal

Officially known as Opal Butte opal, the beautiful gem below is owned by Inna Gem. It weighs 740 ct and measures 60 x 45 x 41 mm. When the light hits this opal it looks like an underwater scene from the ocean. For those interested, it is still available for purchase and you can contact them directly for inquiries.

Images via Finding the Ocean Inside an Opal on Twisted Sifter

15 of the Most Beautiful Crater Lakes in the World

A crater lake is a lake that forms in a volcanic crater or caldera, such as a maar; less commonly and with lower association to the term a lake may form in an impact crater caused by a meteorite, or in an artificial explosion caused by humans.

Sometimes lakes which form inside calderas are called caldera lakes, but often this distinction is not made. Crater lakes covering active (fumarolic) volcanic vents are sometimes known as volcanic lakes, and the water within them is often acidic, saturated with volcanic gases, and cloudy with a strong greenish color. Lakes located in dormant or extinct volcanoes tend to have fresh water, and the water clarity in such lakes can be exceptional due to the lack of inflowing streams and sediment.

Crater lakes form as precipitation within the rim fills the created depression. The water level rises until an equilibrium is reached between the rate of incoming and outgoing water. Sources of water loss singly or together, may include evaporation, subsurface seepage, and in places, surface leakage or overflow when the lake level reaches the lowest point on its rim. [Source: Wikipedia]

Below you will find a gallery of some of the most beautiful looking crater lakes in the world. Knowing these were all created and formed by volcanoes only adds to their mystique. Enjoy!

Images via 15 of the Most Beautiful Crater Lakes in the World on Twisted Sifter

Lake Michigan’s Famous Frozen Pier and Lighthouse

Located on Lake Michigan is the St. Joseph North Pier (google maps), which features two lighthouses (‘Outer’ and ‘Inner’) that were both built over a century ago.

When the wind picks up during Michigan’s frosty winter months, large waves crash upon the pier and lighthouses, creating beautiful ice formations only nature is capable of.

Over the years, environmental and landscape photographer Tom Gill has journeyed to the pier to capture the amazing ice formations. His photographs have been published worldwide and can be seen in his 75+ photo Flickr album entitled Frozen World.

Images via Lake Michigan’s Famous Frozen Pier and Lighthouse on Twisted Sifter

Good grief how I hate being cold, and those last images are a stark reminder that winter isn’t so very far away. Ironically, I actually had to grab a blanket for my bed when I woke up shivering in the wee hours this morning. I don’t know what the temperature was then but, according to my thingy, it was only 44oF when I finally got up! 😯

I want ice water.

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8 thoughts on “Saturday With A Twist, Part 1

    • Thanks Valentine. They are amazing, aren’t they? I think I know what you mean about the “hidden” costs of owning that Opal. I got into rock polishing a few years ago, as a kind of therapeutic hobby, and quickly discovered how expensive even a “cheap” hobby like that can be! 😀


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