At the water’s edge

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.

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I {heart} hearts

branches covered in frozen bubbles shaped in a heart

This fall just as the lake was beginning to freeze over, a couple of branches collected frozen bubbles and formed a heart!

Last spring, I almost stepped on to this frosty heart just outside the door to our garage.

heart of frost

And I noticed this heart in a birch tree late last summer.

heart in a birch tree

To me these are little messages of love from my Heavenly Father.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

Simplify

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.

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May your hearts be happy.

heart made from frozen water bubbles

December 2015 icicles

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.

day before freeze up

frozen bubbles

It was as if the bubbles themselves became solid. There were thick layers of ice on every branch, twig and leaf.

ice-encased grasses

The next morning, the wind and water were silent and still.

icicle and ice along the shoreline

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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.

frozen bubbles

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.frozen bubbles
I look forward to returning to this creek with my tripod and more time to play with the capture of liquid and solid.

on frozen pond

As I post, the truncated 2012-13 NHL season start is still unknown. Meantime, the purest form of the game continues on ponds and lakes and rinks throughout the country.hockey puck on frozen lake

solo skater with stick and puck

over under

Water cascades over rocks in the creek glazing them as temperatures hover around the freezing point.