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A preternaturally svelte and icy en pointe

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A preternaturally svelte and icy en pointe.

Great Hills Park; January 17, 2018.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 4, 2019 at 11:24 AM

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  1. Your caption took me a minute, since I’m not really a fan of ballet, but this does look very much like a toe shoe!

    Robert Parker

    March 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    • And I needed your comment, Robert, to understand! Thanks! 🙂


      March 4, 2019 at 12:51 PM

      • Maybe I should have mentioned a toe shoe in my text.

        Steve Schwartzman

        March 4, 2019 at 1:01 PM

        • 😀


          March 4, 2019 at 1:07 PM

        • I got it instantly! What a find! What a great artist’s eye you have!

          Anita Westervelt

          March 4, 2019 at 3:13 PM

          • It seems you got it much sooner than I did. Occasionally when I photograph something I’m aware that it looks like something else, but in this case the resemblance dawned on me only today as I looked through my archive from 14 months ago.

            Steve Schwartzman

            March 4, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    • I don’t remember noticing the resemblance last year, but when I looked at my archive today the likeness was ineluctable.

      You and Steve Gingold and Tom Whelan have posted so many crystalline pictures recently that I figured I had to do contribute something. While Austin dropped slightly below freezing this morning, I checked the frostweed and found no activity, so last year’s archive filled in for the lack of anything current.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2019 at 12:55 PM

  2. It’s quite cold again, isn’t it? brrrrrrrrrrrr 😉


    March 4, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    • According to the local television news, noticeably colder in Fredericksburg than here. Have you seen any frozen water there? None here so far. The forecast for tomorrow’s early morning is 28°, which still isn’t cold enough and won’t last long enough for ice. That’s why I reviewed my ice pictures from a cold spell we had last year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

      • Well, it’s definitely not as cold as my preferred weather service [Weather Underground] says for the station closest to our place, and it’s not freezing just now, but the night was very cold, especially with a strong Northerner. The water in our bird bath is still frozen solid, and there’s a good layer of ice in the water trough for the deer.


        March 4, 2019 at 1:07 PM

        • Then if you’re so inclined you might get some good pictures of ice formations. I wish I had that opportunity.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 4, 2019 at 1:35 PM

          • Well, I’ll have to see. Yesterday it was too overcast, and today it’s getting warmer. So I don’t know how long. What I do know, though, is that I’m terribly lazy. 😀


            March 5, 2019 at 10:12 AM

  3. Truly does look like an ice sculpture of a ballet slipper. So much color in one icicle.

    Jet Eliot

    March 4, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    • I think there was no intrinsic color in the ice but it picked up colors from the limestone overhang nearby. You’ve made wonder whether an ice sculptor has ever made something like what nature provided here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2019 at 1:39 PM

  4. I took some macro pictures of icicles last year and it was amazing to see partially melted snowflakes in them.


    March 4, 2019 at 2:10 PM

  5. It’s the heel that makes this resemble a toe shoe. Lovely light and glistening appearance to the ice.


    March 4, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    • So you’re saying this is a well heeled ice formation.
      Last winter’s brief cold spell provided a rare chance to do ice pictures like you northern photographers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2019 at 9:13 PM

  6. Thanks, this is delightful.. I recognised the ballet term in your title and was stunned to see your photo.. perfect match!

    Ms. Liz

    March 5, 2019 at 2:39 AM

    • You’re welcome. I wonder how often icicles end up looking like this. I don’t recall ever seeing another one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2019 at 7:39 AM

  7. Perfectly poised for the role of the Snow Queen.


    March 5, 2019 at 4:20 AM

  8. I knew what to look for because of your title, but I was surprised to see how perfectly the ice resembled a dancer en pointe. It might have been sculpted. On the other hand, the internal structure of the ice resembles the muscles and tendons of an extended leg, and I don’t think a sculptor could have created that. It’s a wonderful photo.


    March 5, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    • It was the seeming musculature beyond just overall shape that clinched it for me. I believe you’re right that a sculptor wouldn’t have thought to create that. My one wish is that I could have had a background without that dark diagonal, but icicles form where they form and I couldn’t do anything about it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2019 at 10:09 AM

  9. And I was just hung up on the idea of ice in Texas. Rumor has it we are going to have spring after all, up here. Birds are arriving! Maybe we’ll even make it into the teens today….


    March 5, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    • We got the cold weather but no ice or snow to make two overnight freezes in a row worthwhile artistically. That’s why I had to dig back into last year’s archive for this icicle. I’m sorry to hear that up in your neck of the woods today even the teens are iffy. Still, I think the rumor you’ve heard is true.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2019 at 10:14 AM

      • Have you ever been to Mississippi? I have found a charming little town there that has sweet cottages for very affordable prices. I shall have to drive down there in August to see whether I can handle the other extreme, of heat. Texas is beautiful but I need more water.


        March 6, 2019 at 9:13 AM

        • I’ve driven across the Mississippi Gulf Coast several times but haven’t spent much time there. I didn’t know you were interested in it. Texas also has a long coastline and of course that means plenty of water. You might look up the Padre Island National Seashore. Linda can tell you much more about the Texas coast.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 6, 2019 at 5:02 PM

  10. Nice!! The photo and the caption 🙂

    M.B. Henry

    March 5, 2019 at 5:01 PM

  11. When will the other toe-shoe drop? That’s an awfully nice Texan icicle.

    Steve Gingold

    March 8, 2019 at 6:45 PM

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