Photo of the Day

Alan Taylor puts together all the winners and honorable mentions from the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.  The winner is pretty cool, but I think my favorite is this:

“Blue Pond & First Snow”, honorable mention in Nature category. The blue pond of the famous tourist resort. This is a place where many tourists gather in spring, summer, and autumn. However, since this pond freezes in winter, nobody is there during that period. This photograph is the moment of the first snow of the season falling on that blue pond. We can see the first snow of the season beginning at the end of October. Why is the pond blue? Because the underground hot spring ingredient is gushing. This blue pond changes color every day. I think that mystical blue and pure white snow are beautiful. All are nature’s tints. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.(© Kent Shiraishi) # 

On an unrelated note, I’m off on Christmas travels beginning today.  I’m sure I’ll be unable to resist chiming in on various things instead of spending quality time with my family, but do expect a much slower pace.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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