Owerview of the ice circle on the Piteälven south of Älvsbyn in northern Sweden, Jan. -87
PHOTO: Clas Svahn

There are many unexplainable phenomenons in this world, but one of my favorites are ice circles. For some reason these beautiful shapes appear on frozen water that flows slowly. Because of the flowing water, these huge circles also rotate slowly on the surface of the water. That's why many UFO-enthusiasts claim that ice circles are actually signs left by visiting aliens, just like crop circles.


Wescott Stream, Waldo, USA

Ice circles normally occur at bends in the river where the accelerating water creates a force called 'rotational shear', which breaks off a chunk of ice and twists it around. As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice and the result is a perfect circle that people call "Ice Circle". Ice circles have most frequently been observed in Scandinavia and North America, but was also recorded in Britain and Russia.

Maine, USA

Lake Baikal in Russia (Spotted by ISS astronauts)



Irish-born photographer Richard Mosse (an amazing photojournalist) has documented some of the most astounding sites in the world, and this time he took on Eastern Congo. These are some of the most striking images ever and there is no photoshop involved! Mosse shot these with a special infrared film to create an otherworldy pink effect to offset the very intense political temperature of the Congo. Such an incredible way to envision and encapsulate this experience, and it is beyond groundbreaking, not to mention simply beautiful.


Vinaròs Microcoasts

Vinaròs is a town on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, near the delta of the river Ebro, about halfway between Barcelona and Valencia. Its south shore is full of coves and cliffs and rocks. The coastline is constantly changing because of the sea, which causes erosion. Barcelona based Guallart Architects took on a project to allow the residents of Vinaròs to use their coastlines more freely.

Choosing spots close to the ocean, they set simple hexagonal grids into the rock, which were then covered with timber panels which can be positioned flat, partially or fully folded, creating their own 'microtopographies'. Not only extremely beautiful as pieces of art, these platforms are also extremely functional. Locals fell easily in love with their new coast and so did I.

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