Ice and Fire (40 photos)

Game of contrasts: fire and ice. Fire can be a life-sustaining element, and a powerful destructive force. We, the people continue to play with fire, and used to try to control them. Ice closer to the natural state of the universe - a cold, motionless and lifeless. Earth's orbit lies in the so-called "Goldilocks zone", so that we can see frost, but it does not freeze completely. Collected here are photos of ice and fire from around the world.








People walk in the evening on the frozen lake of Menteith January 4, 2010 in Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)




Tungurahua volcano spews ash and lava January 11, 2010 in Kota, Ecuador, 135 km from the south of Quito. (CECILIA PUEBLA / AFP / Getty Images)




Orange icicles in January 11, 2010 in Winter Garden, Florida. Florida farmers continue to spray fruit trees with water in an attempt to save them from the frost. (AP Photo / Orlando Sentinel, Red Huber)




Two people sitting on the bridge, watching the annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, on 15 January 2010. (REUTERS / Donald Chan)



Ice and snow on the famous Cibeles fountain in the center of Madrid on 11 January 2010. Snow and frost covered many parts of Spain and Europe as a whole, disrupting the movement of land, air and rail transport. (REUTERS / Susana Vera)



Ball of fire among the dense smoke screen Dec. 19, 2009 in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The fire occurred at a gas station. Somalia civil service managed with the help of local residents to put out the fire, which presumably occurred because the militants. (ABDURASHID ABDULLE / AFP / Getty Images)



Member of the British Conservative Party Edward Lee dove into the icy waters of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London on 8 January 2010. (REUTERS / Toby Melville)



Actors dressed as Santa Claus emit light during the intermission at the opera in Suining, Sichuan province, China, Dec. 19, 2009. (REUTERS / Stringer)



People play on a frozen lake in Shishahae - the former imperial garden in central Beijing January 12, 2010. In the foreground you see the boy on the adaptation of the chairs, which is pushing to break up another boy. (FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / Getty Images)



Fire rages in the forest in the city of Valparaiso in 121 km north-east of Santiago, Chile on December 26, 2009. During numerous fires near the city of Valparaiso was burned more than 485 acres of land, but the dead and wounded were not. (REUTERS / Eliseo Fernandez)



Tug way through the ice during icebreaking mission on the Hudson River near Kingston, New York, 11 January 2010. The photo was taken from a distance of 19 meters, with a US Coast Guard cutter. (REUTERS / Mike Segar)



Man running on the background of the molten metal that flows first in a new steel mill «Hyundai» in Dandzhine 123 km southwest of Seoul January 6, 2010. The first blast furnace steel plant «Hyundai» has a capacity of 4 million tons of steel. (REUTERS / Hyundai Steel)



Ice hockey on a sleigh Nikko Landeros of Berthoud, Colorado (right) plays with Tyler Carron in Lafaeyette, Colorado, 2 January 2010. Three years ago, high school wrestlers Landeros and Carron lost their legs when they drove the car until they changed the wheel. As a result, Landeros took up hockey on a sleigh, he will participate in the Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Carron is the junior national team. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)



Lava erupting from fissures and flows down the slope of the volcano Niamulagira 40 km north-west of Goma, Congo, January 3, 2010. (AP Photo / Peterne Inga)



Buses are covered with ice and snow from bowling in Omaha, Nebraska, in the suburb of Elkhorn, where a fire was extinguished on Thursday, January 7, 2010. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik)



A small fire burning in the hills above the southern German city Pottenstein January 6, 2010. This fire - part of the annual festival, traditionally held here to scare away evil spirits of the past year. (TIMM SCHAMBERGER / AFP / Getty Images)



People walk on the frozen lake solution y of the former chapel in the village of Graun in South Tyrol, northern Italy, January 8, 2010. The village was destroyed, and the valley was flooded in 1950 because of the construction of a dam on the river Adige to conduct electricity. (REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann)



The house on the street Richhill Street in Ueynesberge, Pennsylvania, on fire the morning of 11 January 2010. The investigator confirmed that the fire killed two children, a woman and two other children managed to escape - they jumped from the roof into the hands of police officers. (AP Photo / Observer-Reporter, Bob Niedbala)



Frost on the trees at sunset over fields 7 January 2010 in Natsfode, UK. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)



Firefighters extinguish the flames, which arose after an explosion at a petrochemical plant in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China, Jan. 8, 2010. Killing five people, one is still considered missing. The plant belongs to the Chinese state company «CNPC». (REUTERS / China Daily)



Thousands of fishermen fill up line in the hole in the frozen river during the competition on catching trout in Hwacheon, 120 kilometers north-east of Seoul January 10, 2010. The competition is part of the annual festival of ice, attracts millions of visitors each year. (JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / Getty Images)



Thousands of people with firecrackers and lights together to petition the house of the President of Iceland Olafur Grimsson Rgnara in Reykjavik January 2, 2010. December 31, 2009 the President of Iceland said it would postpone the signing of the document on the payment of more than $ 5 billion depositors UK and the Netherlands when Iceland's banks went bankrupt. (REUTERS / Ragnar Axelsson)



Icicles clinging to strawberries January 6, 2010 in Lakeland, Florida. Farmers sprayed their plants to protect them from frost extraordinary. (AP Photo / Chris O'Meara)



Young man hiding (bottom right) from the fire that engulfed a residential area in Makati City, a suburb of Manila, December 23, 2009. The fire covered about 700 houses, leaving more than 3,000 homeless families. (NOEL CELIS / AFP / Getty Images)



People skating on the frozen canal near mills Kinderdiyk near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, January 8, 2010. (AP Photo / Bas Czerwinski)



Torchbearer and hockey legend Gordie Howe carries the Olympic flame in LaSalle, Ontario, December 23, 2009, during the transmission of the fire on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (AP Photo / The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)



Climber rises on the icy wall of stone quarry near the town of Furth in central Germany January 14, 2010. (THOMAS LOHNES / AFP / Getty Images)



A crowd gathered at the 7th annual burning of trees January 6, 2010 at Santa Horse Beach in Salem, Massachusetts. To do this, the fire of Salem Public Works Department has been collected about 2,500 trees. (Erik Jacobs / Boston Globe)



Firefighters and their car covered with ice during their battle with the fire in Omaha, Nebraska, in the suburb of Elkhorn January 7, 2010. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik)



German Hannes Schwarz during a performance with elements of pyrotechnics in the final of the TV show "Super Talent" in Cologne, 19 December 2009. (AP Photo / Hermann J. Knippertz)



Ice figure by Swiss artist Karl Neuhaus, highlighted during the 23rd exhibition of magical ice palaces in a small forest near the lake in the Swiss Fribourg January 10, 2010. (AP Photo / Keystone, Dominic Favre)



Car on fire after protesters riot in Karachi, Pakistan, December 27, 2009. The protest was directed against a bomb attack in the city. (ASIF HASSAN / AFP / Getty Images)



Field in Apopka, Florida, is covered with snow and ice January 10, 2010. (AP Photo / Orlando Sentinel, Red Huber)



One of the owners of the bar «Apotheke» Manhattan - Albert - makes a cocktail of absinthe on Saturday 27 September, 2009. (Yana Paskova for The New York Times)



Man walking on the frozen lake of Menteith in Stirlingshire, Scotland, January 12, 2010. Curling match, which took place on the lake, had to be canceled because emergency services could not guarantee the safety of participants. (REUTERS / David Moir)



Fort Wayne Firefighters fighting a fire in a building company «Pyromaniac Fireworks» December 30, 2009. The building burned down almost completely. (AP Photo, Clint Keller / The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)



Member of the fire brigade knocks icicles from the building for safety of passers-by in Leipzig January 13, 2010. (SEBASTIAN WILLNOW / AFP / Getty Images)



Students dancing around a bonfire during Lohri festival in women's college in Amritsar, India, January 12, 2010. Lohri marks the beginning of the harvest season and the end of



Man photographs fell through the ice channel "Union" car near Vinchburga in central Scotland January 12, 2010. Two men have been charged with reckless conduct, after the car in which they were traveling on the frozen canal, fell through the ice. (REUTERS / David Moir)



Pakistani children from the slums gathered around a fire in a makeshift tent in Islamabad January 11, 2010. (AP Photo / Muhammed Muheisen)

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