01.17.2012 Ice has a mind of it’s own…well not really.

One of my favorite collections of photographs is Eliot Porter’s “Nature’s Chaos” and I think there may some chaos at play with these icicles.  It would certainly be interesting to watch these shapes develop…but I’m not all that fond of the cold and it would take quite a while to see them grow.  I’ll settle for the mature subjects. 🙂

Here are two images with very different shapes.  Please click to see a larger image.

To create some separation of the icicles from their background, I used a 4 stop neutral density filter in addition to my polarizer to allow the water to go totally soft.






I am calling these Beldar and Prymatt after the Coneheads.  But Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee would do as well.

My friend Cherrie Corey mentioned drip and swirl which certainly sounds like a good description of what’s going on here.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 01.17.2012 Ice has a mind of it’s own…well not really.

  1. Sandra says:

    I hope it stays freezing cold for a long time in Massachusetts so that we can admire more of your great ice work 🙂
    Beldar and Prymatt are just gorgeous!
    Best regards, Sandra


  2. I’m with you when it comes to settling on the mature shape and not sitting around in freezing temperatures to watch earlier phases. I can see the ice in the first picture as war clubs hanging down from a rack.

    Steve Schwartzman


    • Clubs is a good analogy Steve. I have another image with several in a row that my friend and I call ice clubs, but they are turned at a right angle…or left angle :-)…and resemble golf clubs rather than the war variety.


  3. Greg Russell says:

    I think your names for these work really well, Steve! Love the structures…great job putting such small structures up on an artistic pedestal…I like these a lot…


  4. milkayphoto says:

    I like Tweedle Dee/Tweedle Dum! Ice is so fascinating!


  5. Both are very interesting but the first one is my favorite


  6. tomwhelan says:

    I like them both, but the second (Tweedle and Deedle) are super. I haven’t found drip forms as nicely isolated as these are – when I find them they are in the thick of a cascade or on the messy edge of a stream.


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