A Brief Freeze

IMG_8325For a few brief days this past week we had a taste of winter. A smear of overnight snow, frosts, and sunny days. Blink and you would almost have missed it. We’re now heading back into wet, mild, and windy weather as the huge storm that has brought blizzard conditions to the Eastern States of the USA races across the Atlantic to hit the UK – no chance of snow for us, just yet more rain.

On our walk up Leith Hill last Monday (click here to read the Post if you missed it), the mud was frozen solid and water lying in the ruts and footfalls was turned to ice.

I was reminded of two lines from the Christmas Carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’:

‘Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone’

The ice was tinted by mud, lined and fissured. It had a stone like quality visually. And it created intriguing abstracts as the image above, I think, shows.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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15 Responses to A Brief Freeze

  1. Sue says:

    Indeed, interesting abstracts!


  2. Thank you for capturing the ice, Andy, and in such a nice way. One should never complain about spending the winter in Florida—and I’m not, really—but I do miss the look of ice.


  3. oneowner says:

    Ice is nice! Sorry, I had to say it.


  4. shoreacres says:

    That’s one of my favorite carols, and your photo certainly does evoke the lines you quoted. Ice is interesting. It needs something — mud, bubbles, a melting-and-refreezing cycle — to give it that special something that makes it more than just frozen water.

    When I first glimpsed the photo, it reminded me of some of our scalloped seashells.


  5. Chillbrook says:

    Nature’s art, compelling and beautiful. You have a good eye Andy!


  6. This is a very interesting shot, Andy.I like the colors, and that white-ish line that weaves its way around the frame. And I like how it looks a little bit like polished granite.


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