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Agate-like Hail Stones

Uploaded by: Fieldofflowers

Tuesday July 19, 2011

St Paul, MN

Caption: They look like agates as they melt and show the rings caused by being pulled up back into in the atmosphere a few times before falling. These had to be about an inch in size when they fell.

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Light Source: 10

Flash: Flash did not fire.

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18. lilmaninfranklin
2:00 PM GMT on July 23, 2011
every year i travel from Milwaukee WI to Dubois WY,we enjoy nature and pick tons of egates and other rocks, those certainly look like them
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17. SVLover
1:10 AM GMT on July 23, 2011
We got to see huge ones last summer for the first time - and I can tell you, I'M GOOD NOW. Damaging, loud a pretty scary.

Sorry about no A/C!! That's worse than the hail.
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16. MrHulot
1:00 AM GMT on July 23, 2011
A 10+, for sure!
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15. swampteach
6:19 PM GMT on July 22, 2011
Very cool! This looks like some small jellyfish which don't have tentacles that I saw at the beach this week! Funny! Great picture.
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14. WurzelDave
7:05 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Cool.
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13. mommz
6:42 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Really cool! Thanks for sharing!
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12. LadyWriter
4:15 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Amazing shot, 10 from me - Linda
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11. Granddad
3:56 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Wonderful piece of descriptive photography. Where did the hailstones go before they re-entered the atmosphere? I checked out the rest of your pictures. Minnesota certainly is beautiful and you are a fantastic photographer.
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10. dawne
3:43 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Everything about this photo is exquisite. A favorite for me. Absolutely a '10'. Is it me or does the hail look edible?. . .or maybe I'm just thirsty now.
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9. Wanderoo
3:00 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Too much falling on Minnesota! hail storm, heat, and govt. shutdown (glad that last one is over, so the bridge project can get going again and workers can get back to their jobs).

Like the way you arranged the hail stones. Sitting them on the pebbles in water gives a cooling feeling. Your hobby may provide a great distraction until it cools down up there. I'm going to look at your beautiful photo, "Thawing the Minnehaha Falls", for several minutes, to cool down from my morning walk. Heat wave in Fort Lee, NJ. It's 91 and rising.
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8. Agris
2:43 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Extreme changes of water !
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7. Dawnlisa
1:47 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
Very beautiful, but not when they're falling on you! Well done for this nice shot!
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6. Fieldofflowers
5:17 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Thanks everyone. I didn't expect this photo to make the VIP gallery. Yes they look almost good enough to eat, except for the bits of grass and dirt, which I tried to pick out. They may still be useful as stuffing for a cold compress, lol.

These are the largest hailstones I've seen in real life, that I can remember. I know that bigger ones exist, but I think it is quite rare to see this kind of hail in the Cities. It was quite a ker-THUNK sound they made falling from the sky. I felt sorry for all the cars parked out on the street. Oh and my hands felt very cold after putting them in that bowl.

The terrible humidity prevented me from wanting to upload the photos yesterday. (we have no AC in our house! (besides one room with a window unit but it doesn't have a computer set up.)
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5. BEME
4:18 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Very awesome!! I have seen smaller versions,,and love your title for them,,as I love agates too!!! neat idea to put them in that bowl!!! Looks good enough to eat!!! and cooling....:D
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4. tamcat
3:25 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Very nice shot. I love how you have them arranged and yes they do look like agates or something. -kevin :)
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3. gilg72
3:07 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Amazing. Great photo. 10 & thank you.
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2. oldNikonFM2
1:33 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Great capture!
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1. Luckystar
10:59 PM GMT on July 20, 2011
Wonderful! 10!
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Every day that I come here, I'm amazed by the awesome photos I see. I love to take photos of whatever catches my eye. Usually my photos have something to do with nature. Insects and flowers have always been a big interest. You can also find me on Flickr. Summer '09 goal: Aiming to take pictures daily, and upload some of my favorites. I hope people enjoy them as much as I do. Most of the time, the fun comes from taking the pictures, more than the actual results. Create your own visitor map! Counter started: 6-21-09

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