02.03.2019 Blue Ice

As I drove along the Quabbin Spillway yesterday I noticed a large mass of ice atop a rock below the falling water. Part was blue, from being cold I guess, while the bulk was bright white. I liked the contrast between the falling water behind but processed the image so the ice stood out since that was the point of interest.

There was another image I wanted to get yesterday, but my fingers stopped working in the extreme cold. I hoped to capture the wide swath of rime on the trees below the spillway waterfall. If I were smarter, I’d have sat in my car warming up and shot it yesterday but  I waited until today with last night’s temperature predicted to be 20F.  Sadly, the overnight temperature stayed around 32 and by the time I got there this morning all evidence of either rime or hoar were just memories. I know one should shoot it when you find it and this is an excellent lesson as to why.  We have 18 degrees predicted for the overnight this coming Thursday and my fingers will be crossed but I am pretty sure I’ll have to wait until next winter and hope for high water again.

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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10 Responses to 02.03.2019 Blue Ice

  1. Beautiful. I really enjoy all your snow and ice photos. I was up north in November and had blue hues in plowed snow. I had to have others look to see if I was seeing correctly.

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    • Sometimes all it takes is a blue sky to reflect that color in the snow. Combined with the cool light that accompanies cold it’s a predominant color in winter. Until recently, November was the only snow we had. I am glad that you are enjoying them.

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  2. The way you processed the image to make the white stand out appeals to me. That’s where my glance immediately settled.

    On nature walks I’ve sometimes said to myself that I’ll get a picture later, on the way back, but I’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t take an opportunity when it comes to me I may not get a second chance.

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    • I’ve had that experience and you would think I would have learned my lesson by now. But I have my fingers as an excuse this time. The ice was already the brightest object in the composition but a little extra oomph didn’t hurt.


  3. shoreacres says:

    The contrast between the translucent falling water and the solidity of the mass of ice is appealing, but the single detail I most like is that smooth roll of ice around the bottom of the large piece. It’s so even, and so detailed with those little ‘feet’ around the bottom. It’s an interesting contrast to the large chunk of ice all on its own.

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    • We’re doin’ the “Spillway Stomp” on a frigid morning. It reminds me of a fancy foot-bottomed tureen, obviously filled with chilled vichyssoise. One of the nicer things about images like this are the different visions they offer people who then point out more to me in the image then I had imagined.


  4. Gallivanta says:

    I like the contrast of the water fall, the frozen water, and the water current. The ice could be seen as a mini iceberg, or an icy equivalent of brain coral. 🙂

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    Crossing your fingers depends on them being thawed out, so that’s good at least. 😉 These extreme cold phenomena you’re photographing are really interesting to see. I like the warm and cold colors here, and the different textures. I was a wimp today and stayed indoors, having become accustomed only to above freezing weather. It’s twenty something out there and I’m scared.;-)

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