11.20.2014 Another cold one

Since I don’t do much photography during the week, it’s back to the archives again.  There may be some icy opportunities this weekend before we return to the 50s and 60s next week.

On a very cold Valentine’s Day morning in 2010 I found these abstract patterns in a ditch in Hadley, MA.  It’s the same ditch I visit for Trout Lilies in the Spring. These  images are a little more on the abstract side of things than yesterday’s.  Probably just as cold, but this is a freeze on top of a melt on top of a freeze formation.  A little carelessness could have caused the whole scene to crinkle into crumb ice.



Ice-Patterns-1-021410-700WebWhen I was a kid, I loved stomping on this hollow ice stuff and hearing the echoey crunchy  sounds.  It was tempting, but I just made my images and left it uncrinkled.

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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17 Responses to 11.20.2014 Another cold one

  1. Lyle Krahn says:

    I can’t believe you had the self control to stop the “child.”

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    • As I was doing these, I noticed some fisher tracks in some nearby snow which drew my attention away from the ice. But to be honest, the fear of falling into the river had a lot to do with that too, Lyle.


  2. Great abstractions. You may envy me my frostweed ice, but I envy you your frozen ditches and creeks.


  3. Me too~ I used to love stompin’ on that ice. Still do, actually. 🙂 But only after peering into it to savor the beauty of it. Nice ice.


  4. Andrew says:

    OK, here’s the dumb question….. are these colour or monochrome, Steve?


  5. Abstract … for sure. And black and white works well. D

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the way the second photo shows the different layers. I remember the expression “ice shards.” That implies broken ice, but the shapes here still are a good reminder. They also remind me of the crystals one of my friends brought me from her dig in Arkansas.


    • When I hear shards I think of glass first as I knew someone who received some severe cuts from a few. I imagine ice shards could do the same under the right circumstances.

      Those are some nice crystals. Quartz or another mineral?


      • shoreacres says:

        They are quartz. They’re from Mt. Ida, Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains. There’s probably more information than you want here, but it’s a nice overview.


      • Thanks for the link, Linda. Yup, way more than I wanted to know but I am glad I do now. There is a shop in Bar Harbor that I like to visit that sells all varieties or rocks, crystals and minerals. Most have been polished though and I prefer the ones in their natural state like yours.


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