What great curves you’ve caught.
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All the wavy lines caught my attention for sure.
Beautifully composed. I love the deep, rich tones in the background. There is an interesting “mirroring-effect” of the edges of the leaf in the ice, and the lines in the ice are particularly wonderful.
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Yes, the ice could be Jack Frost’s impression of a serrated leaf edge. I darkened the shadow tones a bit both for contrast and for rich color. Thanks, Lemony.
Such fascinating patterns. And I like the 3 holes (of sorts), in the leave and on either side of it in the ice.
Thanks, Todd. Just like yesterday’s post, I was concerned at how much detail was contained in the image but am pretty happy with both. A lot to look at. Thanks.
I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this, at least in nature. Those sharp lines seem to have a bit of an industrial vibe to them. On the other hand, they also remind me of Art Deco patterns, particularly the kind used on movie marquees and buildings during that time.
I wondered if the same force that made the hole in the leaf also made the hole in the ice next to it. They appear to be much the same size. Could something have punctured both, and then the leaf moved? As you say, there’s a lot to look at, and wonder about. Did you notice the baby bird on the right, with its open beak? I see the hole farthest right as its eye, and the big, open curve as its beak.
That’s the cool thing about ice. Although there are some things one sees repeatedly, there always is something new as well. Nature’s Chaos. I haven’t seen forms like these two I have just shared.
The holes are quite similar. It is possible they happened together. I see a rooster crowing. 🙂
Another very beautiful image! It’s hard not to think of car design, with those scalloped ridges, but leaving that aside, the framing is spot on, the detail in the ice and leaf, and the faintest suggestion of leaves in the dark background are superb. Sorry, I’m just agog at your ice photos.
Thanks, Lynn. Glad that you enjoy them. Although the cold abuses my fingers (Raynaud’s Disease) I love working with it and finding unique images. We usually have these cold temperatures through January, but these days nothing is “usual”. February can be good also although generally not as cold. Softer ice as opposed the the sharp edges here.
I keep forgetting where you are, but it’s western Mass., right? Not so different from Syracsue, where I spent elementary school years. Lots of snow back then, sometimes a January thaw, some frigid weather in February but I guess it wans’t as severe as January — but you’re right, all bets are off these days!
My father was from Syracuse, mother from Schenectady, and we lived as a family in Syracuse during my mid-elementary years. I remember some intense winter storms but, of course, I was 7-8 and when you are that small things seem very large. The winter before we moved to Western Massachusetts we had a snowstorm that buried all the cars on our street. It’s been a while since we’ve experienced anything quite that epic.
Small world – maybe we were there at the same time. We were on the western edge of the city, just inside city limits, near Bellevue Country Club, if any of that means anything. You’re so right about snowstorms and their relative size – I remember walking down our driveway and looking up at the piles of snow above my head, at around the same age you’re talking about, in the 50’s. Then there were too many times when I lived in and around NYC that snowplows would bury the car (parked on the street) and it had to be shoveled out – way too many times. 🙂
Pretty sure we lived in Syracuse @1955-57. We moved a lot in the 50’s. My father was a salesman for White Stag outdoor apparel and covered all of NT and New England. I am not surprised to hear that about NYC. Nowhere to put the snow until later when they dumped it in the East River or in the Ocean. Around here we have parking bans. That would be difficult in a major city.
We lived on Livingston Street or Avenue, I don’t remember which and don’t remember a country club at all.
You were there for much less time than I was, but the same years. 🙂 I checked a map – Livingston is near Syracuse University, we were a bit west of that. We could sled down the 9th hole in winter. Back then the woods behind the house went on “forever” and there were trilliums. Just up the road new houses were being built and on weekends we played in the framed houses, great playgrounds for the imagination. I remember White Stag from when I was a teen – it was a desired brand. 🙂 The saleman’s life is tough though, and I bet all the moves were hard on everyone.
Very nice! A dynamic looking image!
Absolutely fantastic. And I had the same immediate thought as Linda and Lynn, Art Deco auto design.
Thanks, Robert. I knew there was a lot to see in this, but it appears there is even more than I thought.
Wonderful lines, layers and I love the rusty colored leaf in the midst of it.
Thank you, Carol. The leaf was a permanent fixture, I didn’t add it but I am glad it was there. I usually try to reduce and simplify when composing, but I am glad for all contained here.
Pretty ice patterns, with the leaf in a great spot in the frame. Hope you got out for the really cold mornings earlier in the week – there was some interesting ice.
Unfortunately I did not. I don’t do well in the extreme cold right now and recovery is job one. Teens are not too bad but single digits and below with a wind chill not at this time. Something to look forward to.
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