Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ice and Snow

This winter has seen all sorts of weather. It was balmy enough one January day to wear nothing heavier than a sweatshirt. But it's also been frigid enough to bundle up in several layers in order to border on feeling warm and snug. We've seen rain, snow, sunny melts and icy waterways. Right now, we're being pummeled by a winter storm but it's nighttime and windy, and I'm not anxious to bring my camera out in that. So for this post, I share a few photos from earlier in the winter.

cracked ice
A thin layer of ice crackles under the pressure of an intrusive step.




geese in sunshine
Geese atop the frozen pond, tuck themselves in to keep warm.




cut down
A cut tree trunk wears a snowy cap while sunning itself one late afternoon.




fencicle
A droplet frozen in place on the chain link fence.




oak leaf in snow
A curled oak leaf comes to rest upon the snowy path.




leaf in the snow
I'm not sure what plant this is but it made a heroic attempt to seek out the sunlight through this patch of icy snow.




ice sticks close up
Icicles dangle above me just outside my front door.




iciles exposure
Another cluster of frozen spikes. This time I played up the contrast and vibrance for a more colourful effect.




tequila
And finally, you may opt to drink this over ice - Frank's favourite tequila.

More photos in a few days.

51 comments:

She Who Carries Camera said...

Ironically, I had a post title earlier this week "No Snow, No Ice"! HA! Great examples of having such!

TexWisGirl said...

the last one brings an inner 'glow' feeling. :)

love the light and color reflected in the icicles but i like the oak leaf in the snow best.

Phyllis E. said...

Brrrrrr!!! You can have it Cuzzie. No icicles where we are :o)

Phyllis E. said...

Beautiful pictures, though. :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

The geese really were hunkering down, weren't they?

I love the chill of those icicles.

rosaria williams said...

Well, you know that once we have that drink, everything about the poor ducks freezing their tails off will be totally put aside until next spring.

rosaria williams said...

Hellebore is the plant trying to come up for air and sun, blooming late in winter.

Brian Miller said...

i love looking at icicles....they make some pretty cool formations.....havent had too many this year...its gone too fast from cold to hot...

louciao said...

Brrr...I've never seen Canada Geese looking so cold. Love those icicle shots you got...not too sure about the tequila shot, though, as I've never tried it. But there's always a first time.
Cheers!

Tabor said...

I must say your photos make a bitter winter look very inviting...with or without Tequila.

Kerry said...

I haven't seen many icicles this year, so thanks for sharing! All beautiful, wintry pics.

Gayle said...

Each photo a work of art to ponder.

I think the plant is a sticky geranium leaf. ;>

Anita said...

I'm cold just looking at these pics! We haven't had any snow worth mentioning in my town yet, but a little sleet here and there.

The first shot is most riveting to me. It's like shattered, frosty glass!

joeh said...

My favorite is the plant fighting its way through the ice!

Maggie May said...

Those icicles are fantastic! Really lovely.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Linda Wildenstein said...

lovely your fresh, cold, photos.....beautiful and chillin' especially the last one. Oma Linda

Kat said...

I love the icicles! Fabulous pics, as always.
Though after these last few days I think I am done with winter and snow. I could even skip right over spring and go right to summer. ;)

Lisa Gordon said...

The weather definitely has been strange, and I am VERY ready for spring.

Love these icicle photos, Hilary!

Raajii said...

As always, your photographs are amazing! I love the third one :-).

Stay warm!

Red said...

Well, for not going outside you got some fantastic photos. Now some other blogs have some awesome snow pictures. There's not much on the news here about your storm.

Suldog said...

I was always fascinated, as a kid, by the sort of ice in your first photo. I used to wonder where the water underneath went. I grew older, learned about evaporation, and lost some magic. Oh, well.

Mimi said...

That Tequila looks so warming and inviting, after the cold ice and snow photos!
There is something so beautiful about seeing logs in the snow, maybe the association with log fires, but whatever, it works for me.

Frank Baron said...

Over ice? A fine tequila??!!

Nay, young woman. A fine tequila, like a fine scotch or other whiskey, is sipped neat, at room temperature.

Nice pics, though. ;)

Hilary said...

Frank knows his tequila.
Over ice indeed.
Beautiful pictures, and I don't know about you, but I am SICK of winter.
SICK TO DEATH.

Linda said...

I just love icicles. Sometimes they grow into the most interesting shapes. I have a picture of a spiral icicle. I guess the temp was hovering between freezing and melting.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I cannot imagine living in such frigid temperatures. How the birds, ducks and wildlife survive is beyond me! Lovely photos, all. I guess if Frank runs out of ice he can always open the front door and pluck an icicle off the fence. The tequila would kill any germs, right? I kid. :)

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for the tequila to warm me up after your chilling photographs. I love how thin ice looks like glass when it breaks.

Linda said...

You are a master, my friend. All my winter photos look drab and dreary. Yours sparkle with life. I love the icicle on the chain link fence and the rainbow effect in the cluster of icicles.

Bimbimbie said...

Oooh look at those geese, 2 legs, 1 leg and numblegs ;)

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Your very first photograph of the shattered ice really grabbed me tonight.
And it was perfect to offer some warmth at the end. How very kind of Frank to share his tequila! :)

Hope you keep warm and stay safe in the storm.

King of New York Hacks said...

Love your captures Hilary...they have grasped the essence of COLD for sure !! Cheers from NYC my friend :)

Betty Manousos said...

oh, that's a lot of snow!
superb shots!! great, sharp details!

i totally enjoyed your winter photos.
i do love the way the snow covers up the scenery...all is clean and white.
i do love the way you have captured these ones.

have a great day~and keep warm!
big hugs

SueAnn Lommler said...

Your photos are stunning!
And that offer of a drink is accepted. I will be right over
I will bring the limes
Hugs
SueAnn

ellen abbott said...

brrrrr. beautiful shots, but, brrrrr.

yaya said...

The weather has been crazy here too! But the photos have been great! I love the first pic...Looks like tissue paper. I hope those geese aren't frozen to the pond!

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: These are amazing images of light, and the photos carry a magic of their own! Very well done, as always! Have a nice weekend! :)

missing moments said...

Brrrrr .... so cold! Great images and love those ducks on the water. Do you think they feel the cold?

ladyfi said...

Oh, so many lovely winter shots. Love the ice chandeliers!

Bob Bushell said...

Cold, cold, cold and it's cold. I love the with icicles hanging about. Great Hilary.

She Writes said...

You guys are getting it all! It was balmy here today at 60 degrees :). Now, where's my tequila. All I have is orange juice or coffee! Not nearly so photogenic as that gorgeous bottle!

Andy said...

Looking at your photos made me feel cold. That is until I reached the last one and I suddenly felt warm:-)

holdingmoments said...

Looks like you've had some really cold weather there Hilary. I hope we've seen the last of the snow now.

Dianne said...

your icicles are so so beautiful
I love the droplet!!

stay warm and safe
hugs to all

Pauline said...

such beautiful winter still lifes

Daniel LaFrance said...

The first and last appeal to my sense of good taste.

SandyCarlson said...

Winter is its own kind of spectacular. So is thaw. Frank's kind is my kind.

Anvilcloud said...

Great icicle photo.

lime said...

you know, as a kid i found it very gratifying to crack thin layers of ice with my foot like in that first picture. i liked it better than stomping in puddles.

Linda said...

Great shots! Love the frozen spikes on the black background.

Daryl said...

how did i miss this delightfully chilled post?

photowannabe said...

Gorgeous glimpses of Frozen.
Love the icicle on the chain link fence.