Photo Study #1 – Icicles

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Ice water crystals,

Molded to the dormant forms

Of twigs, buds, and stems.

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Last year in January I went outside a couple of times with my camera to capture icicles – shimmering and reflecting in the winter sunshine…..also including one overcast day.  And yet, somehow I didn’t get to posting any of those on my blog.

I carried that little twinge of regret around for a while.

So, today another opportunity presented itself – albeit briefly – to run outside with camera again to get some shots of icicles.  As the temperature had warmed up some, the ice in places was melting quickly.  Even though I know there’ll be more snow coming our way here, as I walked along the walkway in the front yard, I didn’t want to pass on today’s crystalline gems.

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The top photo and this second one show ice crystals on the common lilac just outside the front door.

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The next ones are from various shrubs in the front yard garden….

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The above icicle is wedged snuggly in a V-shape of small branches.

 

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Above – fascinating to see the thicker opaque icicles alongside the thinner and more translucent ones.

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This triple drop icicle – seen above – caught my eye.  I kept thinking….from which one will the next water droplet fall?  Except these were solid ice, so it just looked as if….

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This one – below – I kept for last, as it looks the most like a work of art; nature’s own ice sculpture.

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Everything weather-wise can change so fast!

In the relatively short span of time….some 10-15 minutes?……of my going outside – with the sun shining at first….then the clouds blocking the sun….and then things getting darker….and then LOTS of snow……I was impressed at how fast the weather changed.

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Photography Assignment – Trees

In this week’s photography assignment, the theme focused on trees, which happens to be one of my favourite subjects.  I love trees! So much variety and beauty in design and patterns.

So I dug around in my archives to pick four for my submissions.  In addition to sharing these photos with you, and in keeping with my usual style on this blog page, I have decided to add in new haiku poems to accompany each one.  I hope you like them.

Here they are:

 

Dead Tree Trunk from Oct. 2012

 

Resting in silence;

No longer alive, and yet

Supporting new life.

 

Trees #1 – (from the archives)  I took it in October 2012, when I was on a hike in a nearby conservation area. I loved the peacefulness of this scene. The tree having transitioned to the next phase of its life in that it provides nutrients and shelter for the life occurring then.
There were all sorts of things that caught my eye. I really liked how this tree stump was positioned…in three parts – stump and long log and end log – in a cushiony bed of colourful leaves….and a cloud of “yellow” leaves up above.
The yellows and oranges having a good contrast with the dark grey of the dead tree and the thin saplings.

 

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Shelf bracken on tree from April 2015

 

Jutting out in groups,

As stepping stones up the tree

For small animals?

 

Trees #2 – (from the archives) For this one I decided to focus on a close-up of a tree, to see its bark texture and other fascinating details. Taken last April of a poplar tree in our back woods – I love how the bark curls with that paper-thin look, the splotches of green moss, and I was especially fascinated with the abundant collection of shelf bracken attached to this tree.

 

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New Zealand Christmas Tree from 2010

 

That familiar shape,

But the needles face upwards?

Gentle, big brushes.

 

Trees #3 – (from the archives, my trip in 2010) – the uniquely shaped “Christmas” tree as found in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. I took several photos in different places, because this tree continuously fascinates me. I picked this one to share, as with the light sky as background, you can see more clearly the frond design of the leaves – or “needles” –  and how they grow upwards.

 

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The Lost Tree - March 28, 2016

 

Trees #4 (taken in March 2016)

Some of you may remember this one….

I featured it in a previous blog post….with the title “The Lost Tree.”

(complete with haiku and background story)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Study of Ice at Night

Yesterday throughout the day we had a substantial amount of snowfall, which was then followed by freezing rain.  Now, in this area of Eastern Ontario, freezing rain can wreak havoc with the trees – the weight of the snow and ice causes some distress to them – as well as driving on the roads – oh so slippery! – and even power outages when the hydro lines become affected.

In spite of the stress it puts on nature and us, there is still beauty to be found in the diverse ice formations.

When I was taking the garbage bins out late last night to leave by the road, I couldn’t help but notice all the glittering in the trees that was going on, and decided to grab some shots.

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With the house light, the mood was set….

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An accumulation of frozen water globules and orbs on the railing….

And then these next two….

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…..with the different reflected ice patterns from the branches with the light…..

 

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This next one reminded me of fireworks, with the circular shapes and the rippling outwards effect….

 

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There was a little shrub with its evergreen leaves embraced by the ice….as well as the back side of my car with its bit of encrusted ice layer…..

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And finally a variety of icicles and suspended frozen water drops…..

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It was a quiet night with a tiny bit of wind and still more raindrops falling.

Little White Orbs

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November raindrops

Run down bare fingers of trees;

Cling briefly….then fall.

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When I looked out the window this morning, at first I saw the grey sky.  Then as my eyes glanced around, they focused on these branches just outside my bedroom window and immediately were absorbed with those pretty raindrop orbs hanging onto the thinnest twigs.

So, I quickly grabbed my camera, because raindrops are endlessly fun!

And for your amusement, I am adding on the photo that came right after the first one….and see if you can find the raindrop (roughly in the middle) that was there in the one and is gone in the next.  🙂

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Happy November Day to You!!