On a recent walk along the creek, a particularly bright sunshine sparkle caught my eye from under some overhanging evergreen branches. From above on the river bank, the icy shape looked like a crystal angel suspended over the flowing water; on closer inspection, perhaps more like a bell.
Snow-laden boughs tossed about by wintry winds dip and sway sometimes breaking the surface of the water. Each bounce brings a thin layer of the dark liquid which freezes almost immediately wrapping a transparent skin on what it touched. Gradually, crystal clear baubles are built up on twigs and branches.
The clarity in the ice is remarkable. What do you see?
Did you notice in the two baubles on the left the background appears upside down and in the two on the right it is right side up!
Whether it’s the sound of angels or bells this Christmas, may you hear the Good News of the promised Messiah and receive His gifts of love, joy and peace.
The other day I braved the bitter cold air and water to stand in the creek for a close up of the hoar frost on the bent branches of bushes along the water’s edge.
It reminded me of the last time I waded into cold winter waters for some icy shots. I shared a number of those shots in this post which explains the frozen lake surface in the image below. It’s from the 2015 shoot I selected the image for our calendar this month.
In an effort to simplify my life, I have decided to not provided desktop calendars for the coming year. Although I love to do digital art, the deadline of something every 30-ish days had, admittedly, become stressful. I plan to continue photographing the beautiful and unusual in ‘my backyard’ and will try to get some posted here for you.
It has been very rewarding to see my desktop calendars on the computer screens of friends and family and to know there are many others who have downloaded them. Thank you!
I plan to continue creating 4″ x 6″ fridge calendars. Here is a slideshow of the images in the 2016 calendar. I still have copies available. They are $10 each and include a strong magnetic clip. Please contact me if you are interested.
Not every freeze up or ice out is interesting but some times we get spectacular scenes. This fall freeze up provided fascinating ice formations. We had several very windy days as the temperatures dropped and ice began to build up along the shore.
It was as if the bubbles themselves became solid. There were thick layers of ice on every branch, twig and leaf.
The next morning, the wind and water were silent and still.
And we were treated to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree!
Different screen resolutions of the image are available from the Free Calendar drop down menu.
Where a branch dips into the flowing water, ice builds up. Snow piles on top and unusual formations take shape.
This shot was taken at 1/320 of a second and freeze some but not all of the foaming water.
I look forward to returning to this creek with my tripod and more time to play with the capture of liquid and solid.