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Ice is nice, part 3

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Here’s what you learned in part 1: In a shaded part of Great Hills Park on January 12th I discovered that thin sheets of ice had formed close to the ground. Most importantly for my purposes, I found that I could slowly lift up a small section of ice and it would come away in a piece that was irregularly shaped yet didn’t break apart. Over and over I did my light lifting, each time facing toward the sun and holding the little panel erect against a grove of shaded trees so that backlighting would reveal details in the ice.

In contrast to the monochrome portraits in part 1 and part 2, today’s post offers you a couple of abstractions in which the ice picked up colors from the surroundings. The bottom picture bears impressions of the vegetation the ice ended up lying upon as the water froze. Because it’s hard to see the details at this small scale, I’ve included an excerpt from the second picture that you can click to zoom in on the ice bubbles:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 2, 2021 at 5:07 AM

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  1. Here the temperature has not passed 20 F for over a week. Cannot wait for this snow storm to pass to see Taughannock and Ithaca falls.


    February 2, 2021 at 6:42 AM

    • It looks like you’ll find a wonderland up there once you get out. I wish I could be there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2021 at 7:12 AM

  2. The first looks like a woman with a topknot gazing into a mirror. See her sharp little nose and her open mouth? The second reminds me of a leaf; the colors are an especially nice treat.


    February 2, 2021 at 7:23 AM

    • I find your description of the woman with the sharp nose, open mouth, and top knot top notch. Regarding the second picture, the warm coloring at the bottom came from my left hand, which was holding the ice. I could have bluified those tones but decided to leave them as a contrast with the predominant blue cast.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2021 at 7:35 AM

    • I saw your woman immediately, but rather as a madonna, with tiny babe in arms.


      February 4, 2021 at 3:29 AM

  3. Your ice photos are more than nice they are specticical, hope all’s going well, not so cold here but some smatterings of snow.


    February 2, 2021 at 8:40 AM

  4. These abstract creations of the ice are very pleasing to the eye. This time your images have a more metallic look, which I like very much, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    February 2, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    • Perhaps the overall blue cast in these two photographs made you sense metal. Even as black and white images I think these two would work well, especially when enlarged to reveal more details in the ice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2021 at 10:36 AM

  5. Love the ice bubbles! That first photo looks like a dancer, the second like someone wearing a cape, arms spread wide. This is as fun as looking at clouds!


    February 2, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    • Hooray for ice bubbles! You’re right to make the comparison with clouds, as both lend themselves to the imagination—in the case of yours, a dancer and a cape-wearer.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2021 at 5:37 PM

  6. I like the hint of color in these very much.


    February 4, 2021 at 6:58 PM

  7. Ice is nice both ways but I do like the addition of color in these.

    Steve Gingold

    February 5, 2021 at 3:26 AM

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