Tianzhu Fan: 2016 Best of Web

Tianzhu Fan: 2016 Best of Web


Ice meeting flowing water creates turbulence at the Ice Park in Ouray, CO.

By Hannah Schumaker for Spring 2013 Team Third.

The ice crystals formed when water flow down to the pool. That waterfall suddenly freezed when the weather became cold so that the shape of the ice crystals recorded the water streaming at the freezing point.

At the base of the ice crystals, the flowing water in the pool collide with the ice crystals thus generate turbulence. This appearance happened because the ice crystals  base served as the fixed boundary and the traveling wave superimposition  in flowing water near the ice crystals. There are two traveling waves include original wave and reflected wave generated by fixed boundary. The two waves superposed with each other thus the wave crests are enhanced.  So we can see white sprays that different from other parts of flowing water.

From the artistic point of view, the ice crystals looks like white diamond which is graceful and clear. Basically it is a great picture that deserved to be appreciated.

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  • Tianzhu Fan
    Sep 2, 2016 11:27

    Second place. Graceful and clear ice crystals give observers an artistic conception as the pure snow world.

  • Brett Sibel
    Sep 2, 2016 10:11

    Third Place. I love the beauty of the dynamic flow of the water’s interaction with static ice. I also love that this is a local piece right in our backyard in Ouray, Colorado. Ice is fascinating in its relationship with fluid water and that’s what I really enjoy about this piece.


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