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Midnight summer by priteeboy Midnight summer by priteeboy
By amazing luck, just before submitting this I realised that there was another Exotika competition and there had to be an Ice-theme this time. I was about to submit it as an ordinary landscape but thought it would be fun to enter anyway.

Either way I was going to mention that This can be seen in a variety of ways, It could be fantasy, It could be science fiction-maybe a freak climate change is involved. It may be considered surreal, almost dreamlike-You wouldn't see snow covered coconut trees in real life. It could also have an element of humour, like something You would see on an article about global climate change. And just to add more confusion, some might see tropical plants growing on a frozen ice cap and others may see the tropics of the equator being dumped under snow.
I also wanted to do something different by making a cold world but using warm colours, rather than the traditional blues and whites.
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It has happened in California and it isn't all that rare. Cajon Pass outside of Los Angeles has had in recent times. When I lived in San Diego the local hills years ago received a light dusting of snow but was gone in a few short hours.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I saw news about that even here, though it showed a picture of Las vegas getting snowed on. It was such a surreal sight, I wondered how the palm trees (which have no cold-tolerance being from hot climates) would have handled being covered in snow :O I suppose if it melted within hours though then no harm was done. I also saw a gold course somewhere getting snow, and I knew it was in a climate that normally doesn't get it either since the gardens in the course has cacti in them, and seeing a snow-covered cactus is just as bizarre as a snow-covered palm tree :shocked:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We have here in Michigan a Cactus variety, it is like a Century plant and is very hardy, I had one and it even bloomed. With climate change there are more plants moving up this way that seem to be getting hardier. We are not tropic yet! but there is a change going on. Palm trees here are more tolerant of cold, in San Francisco it can get downright cold but they do survive and San Francisco is pretty far north. Las Vegas in the Winter can be a cold place even though it is desert it still calls for on some days a good heavy coat, the nights there are cold. In San Diego it would get cold and damp because of the fog that came in at night. I would have a lined coat to wear (along with skin tight Jeans, of course!) when I went out. Two years ago in Michigan we had bitter cold and Blizzards, Last year hardly much of anything and one year we had a Christmas that was like what you normally have, warm and I do mean warm. We have had snow as late as May and as early as September. This year may be another cold year because our Summer up to now has been below average, we will see. This planet is dynamic and no matter what anyone is saying we are contributing to it. This would be a whole different planet if there were no people. I just don't see how you can stare scientific fact in the face and say it is not happening.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember reading a gardening magazine and it said the only upside to global warming - if any, is that more gardeners around the world would be able to grow exotic tropical and desert plants, which are the holy grail to many keen garden fanatics who live in climates too cold for them to last outside permanently. But the advance of one species usually means the decline of another, we may end up losing just as much of one thing as we are gaining of another, the temperate and polar regions are more prone to feeling the effects of climate change, while tropical and desert areas don't feel the sting as much.

I think more believe it's happening than we think. But doing something about it requires money, and effort, and sacrifice - I think the average human would rather drown or burn than put out a little of that :nuu:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. Here we have politicians who tells us straight faced that global warming doesn't exist and that Human activity has actually a minute effect on anything. They then get in their monster vehicle that consumes one railroad tank car load of fuel and feel good that they have again--explained it all with solid lies. The thing is everything is tied to money and if isn't in theirs or Big Oil's favor they beat it down so much and distort it so bad and sadly they have the money to do this and do very well. I do believe that there is a natural movement within the planets' eco-system. it is that we are modifying it so and we have no idea what the results are going to be. Many are so wrapped up in their selves and could care less plus what I mentioned above, it leaves little for the rest of us, it is as we are powerless. We are being held prisoner by both apathy and greed. Disasters are getting worse and I will grant that with todays instant access to everything, more is getting reported. Still though things are happening with more frequency and more intensity, I will not believe that is "just a normal thing", it isn't but as the saying goes--until it hits you why worry? We are all sleeping under the Volcano, my friend, and it too shall awake....
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xSparkledust123x Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I don't know what to think of this, there are many ways to think of it! Though in my opinion, there would have to be more snow in order for it to seem like there are tropical plants growing on a frozen ice cap...
Creating a cold world with warm colours, huh? I don't think you could have done it any better.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is true. But I imagined the snow was partially melted :XD:
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xSparkledust123x Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Oh, I get ya now.
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RylakTyrnda Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Make a cold world with warm colors? You succeeded. Tropicana in the freezer.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to try such a situation again one day. This might be up for a remake someday too I guess :plotting:
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