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Nice ice thrice

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I took the first two pictures in our yard on February 19th. The icicles in the
second one picked up a lot more of the sky’s blue than those in the first.

And from Great Hills Park on February 12th, the first day I went out
after the initial ice storm, here’s an oak gall with a small icicle on it:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 16, 2021 at 4:42 AM

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  1. I love how you captured the blue sky in ice in those first two images! The black background in the third image really showcases the ice encrusted gall and twig.


    March 16, 2021 at 7:19 AM

    • We sometimes hear about ice and fire, as in the poem by the appropriately named Frost, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44263/fire-and-ice, yet I don’t recall hearing about ice and sky, which happen to share a vowel sound. The black background in the first and third picture comes from having used flash near the icicles, which had no other objects close behind them. I took the middle picture by natural light.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2021 at 7:39 AM

  2. You took these great shots when it was warming up and the icicles began to melt. It is very hard to catch the water droplets as they fall down.

    Peter Klopp

    March 16, 2021 at 8:48 AM

    • It is hard, and I didn’t quite manage to stop the motion in the first picture. At least the blur conveys a sense of falling.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2021 at 8:54 AM

  3. I love those blue highlights!

    Eliza Waters

    March 16, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    • I’ve seen plenty of blue ice in photographs of glaciers and icebergs. I don’t recall previously seeing any in icicles.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2021 at 3:26 PM

  4. I enjoyed the droplets in the first photo, and the colors of the second certainly are appealing, but it’s the gall that caught and held my eye. I saw more galls last fall than ever before, and I was intrigued by the variety of patterns and colors. One had the coloring of an Etruscan vase. None compared to this one, though. Ice makes everything nicer.


    March 17, 2021 at 9:07 AM

    • What strikes me as unusual in the first picture is the steady stream of water coming down from the third icicle’s tip. Melting ice and snow on the roof fed that stream.

      I take it you didn’t find all those galls galling last fall. Far from it, based on what you said about the variety of patterns and colors. And unlike those who hold that might makes right, you believe that ice makes nice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 17, 2021 at 10:02 AM

      • I don’t know about you, but the strongest aural memory from my days in the land of ice and snow is the sound of melting snow and ice. Looking at a photo like your first one brings back those sounds, too.


        March 17, 2021 at 10:05 AM

        • For me, I’d say the strongest aural memories are the silence when snow was falling and, in strong contrast, the scraping of the aluminum snow shovel on the sidewalk afterwards.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 17, 2021 at 10:38 AM

  5. Nice indeed. I’ve seen the effect of backlit ice as well – it’s gorgeous.


    March 17, 2021 at 11:10 PM

  6. The second looks like icy turquoise.

    Steve Gingold

    March 18, 2021 at 6:10 PM

  7. Wonderful images Steve .. love the oak ice against the black background


    March 24, 2021 at 2:52 PM

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