jewels of winter

January 22, 2018  •  6 Comments

The first real winter arrived late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning in the southern Rocky Mountains.  Although we had just an inch of snow on the ground here, ten inches fell in many of the mountain areas, and the variation in temperatures yielded beautiful crystalline ice in many places.  The sagebrush seed pods turned colors as the clouds moved across the sky, from yellow to almost a light green.  But the real bonus getting the creative juices flowing yesterday was the ice. 

Some of the same types of ice formations I had seen before, but the "creatures from outer space look" of snow melt freezing soon after contact was wonderful. This "ice claw" was the first creature I saw and photographed.

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In our seventeen years of living on the mesa, I had never seen this before.  A ice lace ornament, hanging from a very thin wisteria branch.

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But the encapsulated seed pods of gaillardia looked very much like the Hollywood version of the heads of aliens.

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I was taken by how clean and clear the water was that dripped onto the pods and froze.

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I hope these jewels of winter find you healthy and content, with creativity flowing within and without.


until next Monday,


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Beautiful. But I had to drive on that that stuff.
You are the best!
Very cool! (Punny, too)
I love the yellow reflections in the 'ice lace ornament' on the wisteria branch ( I love wisteria, too). I also see a cat with dark round sunglasses or a happy ghost in that one. :) I am always enthralled with ice formations and how a repetitive drip, drip, drip and subsequent freezing can alter the shape in a way that defies gravity, as in your 'ice claw.' I've also pondered about how similar people can be when repetition can change how we perform and change the course and the shape of our lives, despite others' expectations. Gaillardias are beautiful at any time, it seems, especially in your photo, no matter the Roswell connection, lol. They've already done their winter sowing, to bring you another year of bright beauty. Your photographs are so wonderful. Look forward to them every week. Stay warm and enjoy your close encounters this week.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
As always I revel in your explorations. These studies capture the intricacies of the ice beautifully. As you've observed, the seed pod does look like a Hollywood alien, the ice claw I see as skeletal remains. The last one looks an alien creature, too. Fun stuff!
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
Yes, I agree, you are adventurous indeed. Nice captures of water suspended in time around those pods. Certainly is wonderful to have agua for the plants again. Thanks Daryl.
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