nature in the stock tank

February 20, 2017  •  2 Comments

This has definitely been a week of change in nature.  The days are becoming longer by minutes rather than seconds, birds are talking of spring, snow fell but so did rain, and the ice in our stock tank changed from a solid block to water with just pieces of ice floating in it.  It became, once again, a place of photographic study. The morning and afternoon light at this time of year is spectacular, arcing across the sky at a higher angle.  Somewhere between the stark light of summer produced by the sun being directly overhead at noon, and the low light of winter, early spring sun is perfect for creating bright but more subtle reflections, such as the one below.

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When water draining into the stock tank hits the ice, it moves, and bubbles form along the ice edges.  The physical properties of the bubbles in the water that rim the thin ice are a study in themselves.

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By adding more black to the color mix in the image below, it resembles an aerial photograph of the earth's topography, including lines created by skim ice beneath the ribbon of bubbles.  

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until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
These are special in their abstractness. I'm drawn to the touch of color (leaves?) at the pinch point of image three where the warmth serves as a counterpoint to the silvery froth. The nearly monochrome of image three focuses on the elegant and simple design. Super!
Sara Woodburn(non-registered)
Wow! I love the last photograph. Nature's calligraphy brought to us by your artistic eye.
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