I have no idea of the source of these amazing photos, but their creator has been circulating them in an email which says “Pass it on for others to enjoy!” So, ever obedient to a good idea, here goes…!
Amazing striped icebergs in Antarctica
Icebergs sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. These were photographed by Norwegian sailor Oyvind Tangen, on board a research ship around 1,700miles south of Cape Town and 660miles north of the Antarctic. (See Revealed: The Antarctic iceberg that looks like a giant humbug, from the Daily Mail)
Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet
fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.
When an iceberg falls into the lake, a layer of water can
freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a
Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up
when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the lake.
Sometimes Christian Science is unjustly stereotyped as ignoring the beauty in the world as being wholly imaginary, because of its strong emphasis on cherishing and evidencing – “in earth, as it is in heaven” – the spiritual dimension of existence. Here is a much more nuanced response to that suggestion by the Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.
My sense of the beauty of the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is something to be desired. Earth is more spiritually beautiful to my gaze now than when it was more earthly to the eyes of Eve. The pleasant sensations of human belief, of form and color, must be spiritualized, until we gain the glorified sense of substance as in the new heaven and earth, the harmony of body and Mind [God].
Even the human conception of beauty, grandeur, and utility is something that defies a sneer. It is more than imagination. It is next to divine beauty and the grandeur of Spirit. It lives with our earth-life, and is the subjective state of high thoughts. The atmosphere of mortal mind constitutes our mortal environment. What mortals hear, see, feel, taste, smell, constitutes their present earth and heaven: but we must grow out of even this pleasing thraldom, and find wings to reach the glory of supersensible Life; then we shall soar above, as the bird in the clear ether of the blue temporal sky.
To take all earth’s beauty into one gulp of vacuity and label beauty nothing, is ignorantly to caricature God’s creation, which is unjust to human sense and to the divine realism. In our immature sense of spiritual things, let us say of the beauties of the sensuous universe: “I love your promise; and shall know, some time, the spiritual reality and substance of form, light, and color, of what I now through you discern dimly; and knowing this, I shall be satisfied. Matter is a frail conception of mortal mind; and mortal mind is a poorer representative of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the immortal Mind.”
(Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, pgs. 86 to 87)
If you enjoyed the photos of the icebergs, you will find some more exampoles of this beauty at this Australian Antarctic Division website!