03.03.2020 Feather Dusters

Other interpretations welcomed.

These were tricky to capture.  I like to be directly above these as subjects to more easily capture all the detail in a flat plane.  But the ice had melted and refrozen with an air layer between the two, or three, levels and that made for a very thin upper crust. I had to have the tripod straddle just right or it would have broken the ice which did happen accidentally after I was finished.

I really liked the way these fit together.  It would have been so fascinating to see them develop.

I am not sure about all those fine lines at the bottom.  They weren’t cracks made by me but might have happened and refroze as for the time I shot these nothing changed until I was done when I tried for another composition.

We are much warmer for the rest of the week but a few nights at the end will be fairly cold.  More ice to come, I hope. If it stays warm than more ice will become a morass.


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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34 Responses to 03.03.2020 Feather Dusters

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    Or they could be the ghosts of long, jungly leaf-fronds. I think these are my favourites of your ice photos. Will you be sad to see the ice go?

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  2. Very nice ice pattern images Steve!

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  3. Mike Powell says:

    Wow. These patterns are so cool and so unusual–I don’t think I have ever seen ice patterns like that in real life or in photos.

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    • Thanks, Mike. I am always happy when someone says that I have shown them something new. I don’t see them in a sweeping or swirling pattern like these often but similar does happen when there are freeze/thaw days and nights. The ice with these white patterns is usually raised over some other ice with air in between.


  4. The swirls in both pictures are great, and in the first one they even complement each other.

    The sound of the word “morass” makes us hope you end up with less than you did on February 22nd.

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  5. Jackson says:

    These are really elegant and wonderful, Steve!

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  6. Absolutely bleeping spectacular! Wall material.

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  7. Ms. Liz says:

    The accolades are rolling in Steve and I add my own. These images are real beauties!

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  8. I love this shot! And I like Ann Mackay’s description.
    They also look like a freeze-frame of someone fanning open the pages of books.

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    • Thanks, Robert. Funny about the fanning pages. Where I work someone used to display books that way only with the pages curled down like ribbons on a present. I work in a furniture store, probably have mentioned that before, and we set up rooms to look like a home rather than a lineup of twenty sofas etc. So there are accessories on tables and it drove me nuts to see the books turned into rosettes or whatever that might be called.

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  9. Neat, and well captured. I agree it would have been fascinating to see these patterns develop.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Very cool formations, Steve, looking like plant fronds to me. Of course. 😉

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  11. shoreacres says:

    I didn’t see dusters, but I certainly saw feathers — they remind me of the elegant tail feathers of peacocks, or pheasant. I’ve never seen anything quite like them; I tried imagining how they could form, and I didn’t get very far. I’m glad you were there to capture the result, though.

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    • Thank you, Linda. Feathers was where I started but the doubled pattern made me think of dusters.
      I am guessing that the underlying water or maybe wind must have something to do with the shaping but I haven’t found a lot of information on ice patterning. I guess it falls into the category of Nature’s chaos.

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    I’m not worried. If it’s cold we get more incredible images from the Ice King, if it warms you will soon be showing us spring flowers. If they had to be a chunk of time in between I have no doubt that you will have other gems up your sleeves.

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  13. krikitarts says:

    I’d like to suggest that the fine lines at the bottom may have been made by faerie ice skaters.

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  14. Dave Ply says:

    You even have fans in nature!

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