02.12.2019 Buffam Brook Ice Suckers

Folks are often remarking that they see different things in my images, at least the more abstract ones, and for a change I thought I’d volunteer something. The cups on an Octopus’ arms are called suckers and that’s what this reminds me of.

I am always thrilled to see prisms in the ice.

I guess I should have placed my hand below to see if they grabbed me.  🙂

This, although only about 1/4 mile each way, was my first semblance of a hike with my camera bag over my shoulders.  A bit uphill on the way in and a bit uphill on the way out and ice to tread upon with my microspikes throughout. It was a lot of fun.  😀


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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16 Responses to 02.12.2019 Buffam Brook Ice Suckers

  1. I was thinking some of these formations would make very nice shades for lights. I guess in this case, an octo-light. I love that tiny rainbow effect!!

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  2. shoreacres says:

    How did you get your enlargement to show up like that? Is it a WP feature I haven’t found? I like it.

    When you wrote “ice suckers,” my first thought was of lollipops, not octopuses. That’s a great interpretation, and the rainbows are quite an addition. By the by, I had to look up the plural of octopus, and I learned something: “Octopus is not a simple Latin word of the second declension, but a Latinized form of the Greek word oktopous, and its ‘correct’ plural would logically be octopodes, not octopi.” Duly noted.

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    • What you say about the original of the word being Greek is correct, but most online dictionaries still give the plural as octopuses, following the English pattern, or octopi, following the Latin pattern, or both. I found only one dictionary, Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition, that includes the third option of octopodes, following the Greek pattern.


    • What are you referring to? I think that there is a size limit that controls image size in your post, but by clicking you see a larger image if it is larger than the post display?
      Duly noted also, but I’ll stick with octopi. Not sure how folks would respond to octopodes.

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      • shoreacres says:

        When I click to enlarge your photo, there’s information that doesn’t show up with mine: the file name, a place to comment, etc. I think I figured it out. In the URL, it includes the word “carousel.” I’ve never used that function, and I think that’s what makes the difference. It’s not really important — I just noticed that it was different. My photos enlarge with a click, too, but it’s a simple enlargement and nothing else.

        I got distracted yesterday and forgot to mention that I laughed at your description of your trek. My dad always told me that, as a kid, he had to walk five miles uphill to school in the snow, and then walk five miles back home — also uphill. It took a while for me to realize he was joking.

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      • He was joking but I was not. From where I parked it was uphill to the entrance of the conservation area, then downhill. On the way out it was uphill to the entrance then downhill to the car. Uphill both ways. Of course, I wasn’t walking to school so there’s the difference. 🙂

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      • shoreacres says:

        Whether up or down, I’ll bet it felt great to actually be out and hiking a bit.

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      • It most certainly did and I am looking forward to my next opportunity.


  3. I’ll join the rest of you in enjoying the prismatic effect.

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  4. Gallivanta says:

    I am glad you had fun on your short hike in microspikes. I can see the octopus suckers in the ice. They look as though they might have good suction power. 😀

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  5. tomwhelan says:

    I had to enlarge to see the prisms – very pretty, so are the ice disks.

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