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Broken icicles

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This photograph of broken icicles on the ground in my yard on February 19 reminds me
of some paintings by artists in the movements called Cubism and Synchromism.
Following that lead, you could classify today’s picture as an example of Schwartzmanism.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 9, 2021 at 4:39 AM

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  1. So many of the bits look like quartz crystals. I especially noticed one. If you draw an imaginary line up from the bit of vibrant green at the bottom right, and over from the top of the orange patch at the far right, it’s where those lines intersect. It even has a point on one end, like quartz.


    March 9, 2021 at 6:46 AM

    • The resemblance you see doesn’t surprise me, because quartz and ice are both “frozen” liquids. As an article at gemsociety.org points out: “Most quartz forms in either igneous rocks or environments with geothermal waters. In igneous rocks, quartz forms as magma cools. Like water turning into ice, silicon dioxide will crystallize as it cools.” Wikipedia says: “The Ancient Greeks referred to quartz as κρύσταλλος (krustallos), derived from the Ancient Greek κρύος (kruos) meaning ‘icy cold,’ because some philosophers (including Theophrastus) apparently believed the mineral to be a form of supercooled ice.Today, the term rock crystal is sometimes used as an alternative name for the purest form of quartz.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2021 at 8:11 AM

  2. Nice – makes an intriguing abstract.

    Eliza Waters

    March 9, 2021 at 7:14 AM

  3. Who knew these bits of broken ice could be so fascinating? The hints of green and gold beneath the ice add to the splendor of this image.


    March 9, 2021 at 7:18 AM

    • Splendor is a word I’m happy to hear here. During the days that the ice lasted, I made pictures of it in as many guises as I could find. The green came from freshly fallen sprigs of Ashe juniper, and I think the other color came from stones or soil on the ground, or some possibly from dry Ashe juniper sprigs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2021 at 8:18 AM

  4. To fully enjoy and appreciate your work of abstraction I enlarged your photo. That way I was able to see more than one image all alike in their cubic ice formations yet different in tone and colour.

    Peter Klopp

    March 9, 2021 at 8:16 AM

    • Thanks for taking the time to enlarge and explore. As you’ve hear me say at other times, the original 50-megapixel versions offer a lot more detail than the blog-size versions.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2021 at 8:21 AM

  5. Hmmm…..”Ice Cubism”….?

    Johnny Crabcakes

    March 9, 2021 at 1:06 PM

  6. It is a beautiful composition!

    Lavinia Ross

    March 11, 2021 at 10:54 AM

    • Thanks. I’m always glad when I come up with something different. This time it was the rare ice that made the difference.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 11, 2021 at 4:45 PM

  7. Makes a cool abstract Steve. I think I see some Impressionism in there too!


    March 12, 2021 at 2:29 PM

  8. I see that someone beat me to “ice cubism”.. Schwartzmanism works too.

    Steve Gingold

    March 12, 2021 at 6:13 PM

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