Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Z is for ZERO (or rather, below ZERO)

Zero of course relates to the freezing point of water in the most commonly used temperature scale, known as the Celcius scale:

Celsius (also historically known as centigrade) is a temperature scale that is named after the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744), who developed a similar temperature scale two years before his death. The degree Celsius (°C) can refer to a specific temperature on the Celsius scale as well as a unit to indicate a temperature interval
From 1744 until 1954, 0 °C was defined as the freezing point of water and 100 °C was defined as the boiling point of water, both at a pressure of one standard atmosphere.[citation needed] Although these defining correlations are commonly taught in schools today, by international agreement the unit "degree Celsius" and the Celsius scale are currently defined by two different points: absolute zero, and the triple point of VSMOW (specially prepared water). This definition also precisely relates the Celsius scale to the Kelvin scale, which defines the SI base unit of thermodynamic temperature (symbol: K). Absolute zero, the hypothetical but unattainable temperature at which matter exhibits zero entropy, is defined as being precisely 0 K and −273.15 °C. The temperature value of the triple point of water is defined as being precisely 273.16 K and 0.01 °C.[1]
Now that Wikipedia has told us this, we can return to see what below Zero means in practice. - snow, ice and frost mist. These phenomenons have been widely observed in the Northern hemisphere during the last weeks. Above are two examples shot right after sunrise, and below is one shot a little later in the day. The last one was shot at -18 C - on the coast.




Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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54 comments:

John said...

Love the top shot; slightly reminiscent of Turner's painting of the Fighting Temeraire.

Elizabeth Gilje said...

Love them, especially the top shot. The colors and the steam really give the picture a cool effect and induce a feeling of how cold it is.

Malyss said...

SOOO beautyful! I wonder if such temperatures are usual for you or if it's something special this year?..I guess (what else can I do?) that it's difficult to live in such a way BUT
I really hope to see that one day. I'll be probably freezing to death, but happy! Ü

Dina said...

However you measure it, it looks cold!
I'd love to see your frost mist someday. So it's like floating ice crystals? (I had to look it up.)
Wow, so beautiful and mysterious.

Prospero said...

I love the first one, Rune - the colors, the vapors.

Anne-Berit said...

Bra at ikke kulda har skremt deg fra å gå ut å ta bilder ihvertfall,for disse var veldig fine.Er nok godt under null der ja.

Paulie said...

Long as there is snow, I can stand the cold. That's why they make winter clothes!

Erin said...

lovely, lovely captures...as always. have wonderful week.

Arya said...

Kreativ løsning på en vanskelig bokstav. Men å! så sant den er for tiden. Men når en ser på slike bilder som du har fått frem her så er 'below zero' jammen verdt det!

Ha en fortreffelig kveld!

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Kjempebilder Rune!! Frostrøyk og sol er magiske sammen!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

I was wondering whether to include a piece about the history of the Celsius scale on my own zero post but decided not to - we'll confuse the americans who still use fahrenheight and think 32 is freezing!

Amy said...

Frozen mist - really beautiful shots!

photowannabe said...

Stunning shots Rune. I got so cold just looking at the pictures. Thanks for all the information too.

Roger Owen Green said...

I knew it was likely, but we hit the same topic this week. I had more words, but you have better pictures.

Sylvia K said...

Between you and Roger I probably learned more about "nothing" zero, that is, than I ever dreamed!! Terrific post, Rune! Love your photos and it does look like Zero!!

Sylvia

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for this informative post and above all for the superb photos! The first one is extraordinary fantastic and mysterious with the fog or mist.
The temperature overhere is no more than a few degrees below zero.


Well and with these posts we have completed the alphabet again!!

imac said...

Wonderful zero for these shots my friend.

Anne said...

Jøss for noen bilder Rune

Viola said...

Huttemegtu for noen herlige frostbilder!! :) Det er aldeles vidunderlig å se og ta bilder på frostrøyken, og disse er ingen unntak! Det første bilde gir meg frysninger nærmest! Så vakkert er det! :)

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

They tried to get us in the metric system and failed, several times. We still like a foot long hot dog and a country mile and a frozen pipe at 32 degrees F. LOL

Mara said...

I don't think the 0.01 degree difference would make your photos (especially the top one) any less spectacular. And I bet Celsius would be proud to see his name is still in use after so many years!

Spiderdama said...

Flott Z og jeg tror jeg liker det første bilde best, helt herlig:-) Det blir utrolig flotte motiver i kulda!

lynnwiles said...

So I think that if I lived near something that became so beautiful because of the cold, I might appreciate it more. Love the mist.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Beautiful shots taken during frigid weather. I love all the mist in the air which adds mystery to each photo.

Ann said...

Can you use a magic wand and wave some of your ZERO degrees snow to Down Under Australia where we are suffering from 30 degrees?

Ann said...

http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2009/09/sugar-cane-2-red.html

Came via Dina's site on sugar cane.

Most houses in Malaysia when I was growing up have a clump of sugar cane plant. In stead of buying lollies, on a hot day, mum would chop a stems, and we sit under the house chewing the sugar cane. May be that is why I am now at my past 50, and still have my complete set of teeth. The fibre is like a tooth brus.

Cheers,

Sistertex said...

Really love these photos with the froZen mist from the water. And of course I am way too familiar with 'zero' when it comes to temperatures! Wonderful as usual RuneE. Thanks for sharing your photos they are great.

Tumblewords: said...

Brrr! Fantastic photography and narrative. Great stuff, for sure!

Jama said...

Send those snow down to Singapore, it's quiet warm here, around 80degrees Fahrenheit.
But I love looking at these beautiful pictures.

Dimple said...

The first one is lovely with the sunlight diffused through the mist. Beautiful!

Janie said...

Good explanation of the Celsius temperature scale. The sea looks beautiful with its frosty mist.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

How very beautiful, and I love the contrast between the cool purply blues and the complementary orange colours. It does look very very cold!

Hildred and Charles said...

I prefer your wonderful pictures to the text, - I have finally become accustomed to Celsius as far as weather is concerned, but when I'm baking it's strictly fahrenheit. It's the age thing....

Barbara Martin said...

-18C reminds me of winters past in Alberta where the snow crunches underfoot, the telephone wires hum and any skin exposed to the air feels numb in seconds. The snow in your photos fits the memories well too, where it has transformed from soft to firm and crunchy. Winter has a beauty all its own.

Carolyn Ford said...

What amazing photos! I am completely in awe of the beauty you can capture. And, all because of the word "zero." I should have posted something beautiful above "zero." Never thought of it...darn!

Leslie: said...

Phabulous photos, as usual. I think I'd prefer to be inside looking out, though. :D

Lew said...

For me, below zero C is just cold! But with water and snow it makes for beautiful images! All great, but my favorite is the first. We have been running zero to 5 below C here the past week or so, but the rain the day after Christmas melted most of the snow.

Vaggelis said...

amazing atmosphere, fantastic captures

Diederick Wijmans said...

The top one has a fantastic atmosphere!!Excellent photos overall.

ArneA said...

Had to scroll down to your B&W photo some days ago. That is still the best. Color makes the cold different

Andy said...

When I looked at the "Zero" photo I could feel the cold closing in on my computer room. You captured something in your photo that is hard to do. Feeling.

The Cowgirl said...

Brrrr cold! But it's still gorgeous...

Ann said...

New Zealand is a cheap place to visit for you from Europe.

Now, I will say it is great to have the sugar cane as it is healthy. But when I was a young kid, Iwould prefer lollies, with lots of artificial colouring.

I suppose you have sugar beet?

Jay said...

I've had that same lesson on temperature scales from my son. My eyes glazed over then, too. LOL!

But your photos are gorgeous - so long as I'm sitting in my warm lounge and just looking at all that white stuff from a distance. The mist makes it look bone-chillingly cold. I know from our English weather how damp makes cold that much colder!

Rose said...

Brr, that looks so cold! We have had temperatures below zero lately, too, but on the Fahrenheit scale, which must mean it's about -18 on Celsius? The Celsius scale always made so much more sense to me, but we Americans are stuck in our ways, I guess:)

Maria said...

Vackert, ungefär så där har det sett ut hos mig också några dagar nu när det varit så kallt. Tack för besöket hos mig.

Kate said...

Several of us have used "zero" for today's post. Great photos; I've come to the conclusion also that you are a tireless researcher and patient teacher!

raf said...

Wonderful post, Rune! Interesting info to go with those marvelous images. Always enjoy your good use of the early morning light and its interplay with the elements.

John`s Photography said...

Nåja det ser ikke direkte mildt ut her heller. Meget flotte vinterbilder Rune.

katney said...

We have both chosen zero today, but you have a much better zero than I do. My zero is--nothing.

Ken Mac said...

from the center of the earth!

Alberto Oliver said...

Well below zero Rune, that is the way i like it (and is not a song =)))

altadenahiker said...

How many ghosts are on board that boat?

Lara Neusiedler said...

superb!