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Valley of Ice Flowers by Alessandro Zocchi
Tuesday, 19th February 2008

Valley of Ice Flowers

by Alessandro Zocchi

This is one of the coldest valleys in the Italian Dolomites. Sun never reaches the bottom in winter, and nature can have its fun here creating spectacular ice formations.
Equipment: Nikon D200 with 18-70 mm
Alessandro Zocchi
Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, Main job as Research Scientist. Photographer specialized in nature macrophotography.

Valley of Ice Flowers by Alessandro Zocchi was photo of the day on Tuesday, 19th February 2008. It is tagged , , . You can leave a comment below.



19th February 2008 at 1:56 am

Sweet, they so look like frozen flowers. They sparkle even against the grey. Nice shot. EZ

19th February 2008 at 7:16 am

Superb ice flowers !


19th February 2008 at 8:10 am

Very very unusual and beautiful ice formations and an elegantly composed shot.
I would have done some gardening or photoshop work to remove those twigs in the foreground.


19th February 2008 at 8:29 am

Very unusual. The twigs in the foreground do not detract as it is nature. The only ice I ever see is in the freezer and frost on only a few mornings each winter.

19th February 2008 at 10:50 am

That is very interesting. Photographically speaking it has a good depth of field and even the way its close to lower crystals moving away through the valley.

19th February 2008 at 10:51 am


Chris Burney

19th February 2008 at 1:53 pm

Icey wonderland, beautifully composed.

19th February 2008 at 2:38 pm

This is wonderful, something rarely seen, beautifully composed, delicate in nature, pristine and shot with know how. I give this a 10+! I looked for twigs in the foreground but must not be seeing them, I do not see any, nor any distracting lines.


19th February 2008 at 3:38 pm

This is such a great shot! Alessandro you have captured a really interesting photo here! :)


19th February 2008 at 3:57 pm

Interesting and unusual subject. Those ice crystals are beautiful.I like the almost monochromatic look and the diversionary path of the boulders. Good depth of field. Well captured.


19th February 2008 at 4:03 pm

Thats amazing shot :) . Flowers made out of ice spikes, very nice.

19th February 2008 at 4:04 pm

Kind of reminds me of a winter version of anemones like we have in the Oregon coast tide pools. Thank you for sharing such a breathtaking glimpse of winter in your area. It’s a beautiful image.

19th February 2008 at 4:18 pm

Wow ! I never saw this before. Marvellous. Merci ! Gracias.

Bridget P.

19th February 2008 at 4:22 pm

Amazing! I love the path of greys and whites in the ice flowers leading to the mountains in the background…blue sky and the promise of spring

David Doe

19th February 2008 at 4:23 pm

This Picture reminds me of a trip to the Vail valley in Colorado. Very nice.

19th February 2008 at 6:27 pm

The ice ‘structures’ are amazing. Thanks for the photo!

19th February 2008 at 7:07 pm

I have never seen anything like this before; beautiful shot; thanks for sharing.

19th February 2008 at 10:13 pm

I love this. You’ve decided to keep it color, and yet it carries so much B&W into the photo. This was not easy, and so it is much appreciated.

20th February 2008 at 2:09 am

That is stunning. Gotta love mother natures gifts.

Rama Raju

20th February 2008 at 2:32 am

” White Flowers ” do impress as colourful ones.

20th February 2008 at 5:35 am

Fabulous Crystal Flowers!

20th February 2008 at 6:39 am

Just a wonderful well composed and exposed photo.

20th February 2008 at 4:13 pm

Splendid shot, I love the blooming flowers!


20th February 2008 at 11:36 pm

Amazing! The delicate tendrils of ice really inspire me!

Tom Brooklyn

21st February 2008 at 12:44 am

Beautiful creations of nature. I would have preferred a slightly wider field of view horizontally.

21st February 2008 at 10:47 am


Sue Gagnon

23rd February 2008 at 11:59 pm

I absolutely adore the ice flowers! What a SHOT!! Welldeserving of a view and POTD!!! :)

Katherine Lee Strassburg

24th February 2008 at 2:14 am

Absolutely breath-taking! I shivered in amazement and delight.


17th February 2009 at 8:28 pm

love it

19th February 2009 at 5:52 pm

Wow! It looks like a garden with ice flowers in it.

5th October 2009 at 2:13 am

Nice scene. I can feel the cold in the picture.

19th February 2010 at 1:41 pm



19th February 2010 at 8:29 pm

Wonderful photo! I have never heard of “ice flowers.” What a happy surprise.


24th February 2010 at 9:03 am

This is just great nature at her best.


24th February 2010 at 2:56 pm



12th January 2012 at 4:09 pm

It’s an amazing picture! I would like to print it out, and make a gift for a very pretty girl. How can I download it in a bigger image size? Is it possible? Help me, please!

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