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‘Baby, it’s cold outside!’

 

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Patterns in the thaw

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.

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Icicle sketches

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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The Ice Skater

This image was initially an unsuccessful photo of a ‘cow parsley’ seed head protruding through the snow.  To ‘rescue’ it  I decided to remove the texture of the snow and heighten the contrast.  There was little improvement, but when I flipped it horizontally and rotated it 90 degrees anti-clockwise the eccentric ice skater emerged.  Just a bit of fun!

The Ice Skater

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The Thaw

In recent days we have had snow, fog, ice and now the thaw.  As the carpet of snow shrinks other elements of  beauty are displayed.  See the changed texture of the snow, the ice crystals at the edge, the patterns on the lawn as individual blades of grass reappear.

 

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Arctic in a pond

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!

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