Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Icy Creatures and Posts of the Week

A couple of weeks ago, I took Benny for a morning walk. The temperatures had dropped below freezing overnight and into the day, causing puddles to begin to freeze over.


ice dolphin
This particular one caught my eye. I liked the swirls and breaks, and the more I looked at it, the more I thought it looked like a couple of different animals. Taking in the fuller picture, I thought I could see a dolphin.

Moving in a little closer though, I could see the face of a blue jay. Can you see it?




jay
How about now?

I don't have too many Posts of the Week this week as we've all been pretty busy with the holidays, but few are better than none so I decided to post this small collection rather than skip it until next time.

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.




WRY

My Christmas Eve Peeve
by Dianne
at Forks off the Moment



JUST PLAIN GOOD

Colorful Dream
by Laura
at Shine the Divine


GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

No Turkey for Christmas
by Hilary
at Crazy as a Loom


CUTE

An Everyday Occurrence
by Mami
at Unknown Mami


A TENDER TALE


I'll Never See Them Again but...
by Pearl
at Pearl, Why You Little..



READERS' CHOICE

Recommended by: Grayquill
Making Christmas Brighter
at Stories From Real Life


Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


34 comments:

❧Lisa RedWillow said...

Wonderful Artistic view. Loved the walk with you .

ADRIAN said...

It looks like a seahorse to me. Happy New Year.

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: Your photography inspired a pleasant accident: I managed to film3 seconds of my balcony Christmas light after fumbling outside in the dark with the batteries running low! My photos will never be as cool as yours, but I'm making progress. I see the bird you've described! Hope your Christmas was particularly nice!

Ruby said...

I loved the reader's choice post. Thanks for sharing!

Vera said...

How very interesting!
I posted ysterday a picture of an ice creature too! :)

SueAnn said...

What a beautiful display of natures' creativity and elegance.
BEautiful
Hugs
SueAnn

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The Dolphin was easy to see. I did find the Blue Jay as well. That is great photography.

TexWisGirl said...

love the 'blue' jay! :)

Brian Miller said...

oo i see some good ones on there...congrats everyone...and nice pic hilary....

christinemyoung said...

I will now be looking for animals in ice everywhere I walk :) I love the close up of the beautiful blue <3

Dianne said...

I saw the dolphin right away

I love being under the heading of wry
thanks so much Hilary

DJan said...

I too saw the dolphin right away, Hilary. I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful comments you leave regularly on my blog. I will be buying a new camera soon and am thinking that I really need to upgrade. I've got all your previous emails with some ideas.

But the eye behind the camera will never be as wonderful as yours. I have learned so much from you, though. :-)

Tabor said...

You are so faithful to this listing. Loyal blogger!

Linda Reeder said...

My blog friend DJan referred me to your blog a while back, and I have you on my blog list, so I check in occasionally. Djan recommended you for your wonderful photography, and of course I agree. Photography is a particular interest of mine too. And my blog is also meme-free! Why be limited in subject matter?
Anyway, I just thought I'd check in this time and let you know I'm out here in blog land.
Great pics, as usual. I saw the bird first.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Oh yes, I love it too when ice freezes like that!

ellen abbott said...

your ice picture looks like a geode to me.

Russell said...

Like the Blue Jay. One of my favorite birds -- but they are fairly feisty!!

I have not been around for a few months but hope to get back into the swing of things again.

Always enjoy stopping your blog and taking in the beautiful images.

CiCi said...

I see a mushroom. I had trouble seeing a dolphin. Right now my imagination is stifled. My artistic side will be coming out of hiding again soon.

Raajii said...

You have such a creative eye :-). I hope you are having a wonderful holiday :-)

Out on the prairie said...

It was a good choice, the stoies all had a good feel.Lovely frozen finds also.

Unknown Mami said...

Thank you. I'm loving the puddles.

Suldog said...

Thanks for the extra added treats for my Christmas, Hilary. As you may know, we don't actually exchange gifts until January 6th (Epiphany, or Little Christmas, or Feast of the Three Kings), so it's always a thrill to find more Christmas stuff to see and hear when so much of it shuts down at midnight on the 25th!

Daniel said...

I can hear the snap, crackle and pop when one walks across filo layers of ice.

Imaginative photography at its best!

messymimi said...

Yes, i can see them, with your eye picking them up and pointing them out.

yaya said...

I have no trouble with the spotting the dolphin..very clever.. but I'm just not seeing the blue jay...but that's OK, I enjoyed the quick walk with you anyway! I want your brain so I can see all the cool things you do in every day life!

Wendy said...

Dolphins, bluejays and I see a dinosaur hiding under water with its beady eyes, just waiting to bite somebody. LOL!
Love that icy swirl.

Dawn said...

Hilary! I am finally catching up on reading posts. Christmas took longer to recuperate from this year:)
I like your ice capture...did you get the storm they were warning about?

Barbara said...

I'm glad that caught your eye! Lovely and I see the dolphin and the bluejay! Thanks for sending us to some great blog-reading!

Pearl said...

I do love the thin, crunchy ice. :-)

Thank you, Hillary, so much for making one of my posts POTW. I love when people come by and tell me they've come from you...

Pearl

Mage said...

As always I am totally intimidated by the vast number of notes on your entries, but I bravely wanted to say....wonderful images.

Don said...

Beautiful puddles! And thanks for presenting the Posts of the Week. Always good.

LauraX said...

Wow Hilary...thank you for including my post this week!!! Love your ice photos too!

Glo said...

I see the bluejay :) Wonderful finding nature's puzzle pieces!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i'm so loving your stunning photography!
thanks for this delightful post!