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Little icicles and more than a little green

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From February 12th in Great Hills Park, here are some little icicles on green things. The one above hung from the lichen-covered twig of an oak (Quercus sp.), while those below encased an Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei).

UPDATE: In the previous post I’ve added a closer view of the frosted strands I take to be spiderwebs.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 26, 2021 at 4:28 AM

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  1. such an interesting combo


    February 26, 2021 at 4:38 AM

    • I’d not previously seen anything like the second instance, with so many little icicles on an Ashe juniper.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2021 at 7:18 AM

  2. The lichen-covered twig image is outstanding. It’s the angle and the black background that showcases the detail so beautifully. I bet the junipers were a bit stressed with the heavy weight of the ice.


    February 26, 2021 at 7:51 AM

    • These two pictures were among the many I took right after the ice storm that began Texas’s week of misery. Normally I’d have shown more pictures from that day, but the following days brought 6.5 inches of snow, and then a little more ice, and then a flurry more of snow, after each of which I took another batch of pictures—too many to show them all here.

      Regarding the picture of the icicle on the oak twig, I got close and used flash. That lit up the subject, while things farther away received much less light. Adjustments in processing let me darken the background even further, all the way to an isolating black.

      Just as your ice storm brought down a lot of tree limbs, so did the one here. Ashe junipers broke more often than any other tree species, including several in our yard.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2021 at 8:13 AM

  3. The abstract design in ice and green is a fascinating piece of photographic art, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    February 26, 2021 at 8:24 AM

  4. Beautiful captures of icy pendants. I like the dark background.

    Lavinia Ross

    February 26, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    • “Icy pendants” is a good way to put it. I seem to have been favoring dark backgrounds this past year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

  5. Your second image is pleasing. I’m glad you are able to get out and find interesting ice images to share!


    February 26, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    • Yes, I’m encroaching on your territory for once. I doubt I’ll ever again get such a good opportunity here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2021 at 12:32 PM

  6. Oooh, I like these. Color and ice, great catch!!


    February 26, 2021 at 1:59 PM

    • These pictures are nice of color and ice (I added rhyme to your ooohful comment). These pictures are from my first foray out after the initial ice storm.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2021 at 2:36 PM

  7. I see a dragon head with a mossy beard in that first image!

    Eliza Waters

    February 26, 2021 at 5:45 PM

    • Happy vision: you have a livelier imagination than I.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2021 at 5:58 PM

      • I readily see the dragon with the mossy beard, but I favor even more your second image and how you’ve framed it.


        February 27, 2021 at 1:53 AM

  8. The sharp angle in the first photo suggests the weight of the ice that pulled down so many larger limbs. The teardrop shape of the icicles in the second is especially interesting. When I think ‘icicle’ I usually think of something long and pointed, but this is a different and visually pleasing species.


    February 27, 2021 at 8:07 AM

    • Those bulgy little icicles are different, some would say kinda cute. Vive la différence. And speaking of larger limbs, this morning I drove through a nearby part of town I hadn’t visited since the ice storm; I saw many limbs still hanging broken, as well as places where damaged limbs had been sawn off.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 27, 2021 at 10:55 AM

  9. As with an earlier similar one, that first image is a star. So lovely with the color and crystalline packaging.

    Steve Gingold

    March 1, 2021 at 9:59 AM

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