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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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.