Winter is often portrayed in pictures displaying mid-distance or panoramic features – fields, trees, buildings coated in snow. But as I looked out through the kitchen window yesterday morning, my attention was drawn to the many ‘micro-landscapes’ – mini winter scenes – formed by the thawing snow, and all just a few feet away.
I’ve presented a small but varied selection below. Each of the areas photographed was less than 1 metre square.
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In the first, the ice crystals glisten in the sunlight like jewels in a tiara
Sometimes there is a suggestion of frozen movement
The third presents a scene of contrasting textures and colours.
I confess that only in the last few days have I appreciated the fascinating texture of icicles. They have previously been cumulative fingers of frozen drips of water. Glassy and attractive – end of story. But not any more. My discovery encouraged me to assemble a collection of icicle ‘sketches’ – photos chosen to reveal the texture. Look closely at some of the ‘totem pole’ images.
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A recent sharp frost overnight produced a skin of thin ice on my small fish pond – the surface is about 150cm x 120cm. But although the ice was thin it created its own mini ‘Arctic’ landscape with a range of interesting textures. I also discovered that the graininess of the ice and the absence of sharp edges made it a very difficult subject to photograph!