The crocuses are blooming in my yard, it’s really spring. After long, cold winter, I collected quite a number of ice images – here’s a selection, as a farewell to winter. Click a thumbnail to see larger sizes:
Two of these are lower contrast, without the hard blacks the others have. The lower contrast look was something I haven’t tried much before with ice crystals – it’s suggestive and indefinite.
Today I saw a first spring flower – a single tiny witch hazel flower, too high up for an image. It seemed a bit premature since there is still a foot of snow on the ground in many places.
So here are a few more greenhouse flowers – these were leaning at a steep angle into the sun:
Winter can have glorious color – sunsets with contrasting blue and red – but otherwise, black, white, and brown predominate. When it starts getting to me, I give in and go to a greenhouse for color and flowers. This time I went to the greenhouses at Wellesley College.
There were quite a few pots of this flower; one was labeled “Sonoran wildflower”. My guess is that it’s Phacelia campanularia, Desert bluebell. I have a followup image for this one, much closer, that I’ll post soon. Some year I’ll make it to the desert to see these in the field…
When it gets really cold, frost crystals grow on the snow near streams. These crystals were growing in a hole in the snow, the stream was flowing underneath:
Snow covered the stream, with a few holes like this one. The snow was pretty deep, so I set up my tripod in the snow over this hole, in the narrow stream bed, holding my breath that the snow and ice underneath would hold the camera and tripod. It held, thankfully. I didn’t ruin the crystals by knocking snow in, which I’ve done many times.