Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Battuto in Ice

Almost immediately upon arriving at Palmer, I noticed something. Much of the ice that has been floating in the water is textured with an indented pattern, much like glass that has been carved in the battuto technique. This is an Italian technique where the glass is faceted on a vertical grinding wheel to make semi-regular patterns that can break up the light or condense it. It can have a lovely effect in glass and is no less delightful in ice. the size of the pattern in ice may be related to how big the overall piece is. I have seen giant bergs with huge sized patterns and small piece with facets about 1 cm (½") across.The pattern is a unifying feature on ice that has distinct interior patterns.
Around here, the clear is is called drink ice because they fetch it in to break up to put in drinks. It's dense and doesn't melt too fast.
Look at this delicious berg and its two parts, white and clear. Both have wild textures, but the clear ice is exquisitely patterned with "battuto." The white ice is also interesting. Much of it seems like it is melted together rubble from fracturing and falling bits. The combination of the two areas looks like two different substances, but they are both cold.

The optics of the "battuto" as it goes underwater is also interesting. The highlights or ridges of the patterned facets can be highlighted in light or dark, leaving the rest of the clear ice invisible. I've seen, but haven't yet gotten a photo, the delicate lighting of those edges as they move away underwater as a patterned highlight only leaving the rest of the ice invisible.


Blogger LacubriousOne said...

Wow! I am in awe. Your photos and journaling are great. I have has a life long obsession with the Antarctic...but have yet to go there.

11/22/06, 4:15 PM  
Blogger SusanE said...

Great photos... how can i get a grant to go there.... what an amazing experience you must be having.

11/22/06, 5:47 PM  
Blogger Peggy Archer said...

That's very cool, and it's something that we'd never have gotten to see otherwise.

I'm officially hooked on your blog!

11/22/06, 6:28 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

That's beautiful!

Is the battuto technique of glass-making inspired by ice? Would those glass-makers have had the opportunity to see those sorts of ice formations?

11/22/06, 7:32 PM  
Blogger Fliss said...

I know I will NEVER get to Antarctica and so just reading your blog is so much fun - I am even loving the photos of the ice etc. Would love to g othere one day - look forward to reading more... Felicity

11/22/06, 7:57 PM  
Blogger alvaro said...

wow the pics are amazing,i want one of those in my room. Antartica seems to be interesting, how do i do to get there if i am in mexico?

11/23/06, 12:04 AM  
Blogger He.Marli said...

yes a wonderfull world- protect. battuto- lovely word- battatis ipomea- sweet potato- description of ice i enjoyed be it a fine day there.

11/23/06, 2:23 AM  
Blogger Suzi-k said...

hi, this is definitely going onto my favourites list! Am mad about Antarctica, doubt I will ever get a chance to go there so enjoy it vicariuosly through people like you who are willing to share your knowledge and pictures, THANKS SO MUCH! I have read so much about it, but have never seen this particular ice formation described before, fascinating!

11/23/06, 8:58 AM  
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11/23/06, 9:49 AM  
Blogger Alexandre said...

Really wonderful photos !!

11/23/06, 9:51 AM  
Blogger Lima said...'s amazing, a great inspiration for designers !

11/23/06, 10:08 AM  
Blogger Arthur Dail said...

Nice Ice !!!!!

11/23/06, 10:16 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Fascinating. I always wanted to go there. There and Everest.

Your photos are remarkable. What model camera do you use?
Judging by the IMG prefix on the file names, I'm guessing a Canon?

11/23/06, 3:00 PM  
Blogger SRINIVAS said...

PHOTOS published by you are excellent. It is distant dream for many people to visit such Nature's wonder. You discription too is good.
Really Good Job.

11/25/06, 12:26 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Wow, these are amazing photos, as well as in the next post. This is a great site.

12/4/06, 12:34 AM  

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