Where Water meets Ice

_ds86547We re-visited Cuckmere Haven during our recent prolonged period of cold weather and sharp overnight frosts. Water in the old meandering course of the River Cuckmere had frozen except in a one or two areas that had been heated sufficiently by the sun to thaw, and a breeze was ruckling the surface of the water. Millimetre by millimetre a slender tongue of melt water was eroding away the ice. It was an extraordinary and elegant sight.

The sharp contrast between the rippled water and the smooth, opalescent frosted surface was remarkable. I don’t recall ever seeing anything quite like this before. And it attracted a lot of attention by the many who visited that site that afternoon.

Click on the image to see a higher quality enlargement – it’s worth it.



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'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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19 Responses to Where Water meets Ice

  1. Sue says:

    Cuckmere is certainly providing you with some inspiration, Andy!

  2. oneowner says:

    This is a beautiful composition, Andy. Well done.

  3. paula graham says:

    Truly stylish and stunning in every way.

  4. Even though I read your words, I was thinking of the surround being water than the inclusion being ice. So glad to see how it really was on the larger view. What an interesting sight!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. At first glance it is hard to grasp what is happening, and seeing it was one those moments when you stop dead in your tracks and stare, not quite sure you believe what you are seeing. The image is semi-abstract, it is of something that we are not accustomed to seeing.

  5. Linda says:

    This really is so unusual. Like Linda just above, I can see it either way: as water breaking through ice, or as water poured over ice. I can’t remember ever seeing anything exactly like this before. It’s so simple, and so intriguing.

    • LensScaper says:

      In my experience this was a one-off, Linda. Everyone there was intrigued by this – so unusual, unexpected, and almost abstract. And silent. Nature provided us with something special.

  6. shoreacres says:

    (I’m doing some of my own messing about with WordPress, and see that using “Linda” threw my comment into moderation. You’ll find it there.)

  7. Beautiful shot, elegant simplicity.

  8. Absolutely worth seeing BIG. Fabulous ARTISTIC work here. 🙂

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