Refrozen ice

Another image of crystals that formed on stream ice that melted and refroze:

Just a bit of blue in this one – it’s nearly black and white. The spiky, comb-like crystals formed on thicker pieces of ice.

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Icy bubbles

Bubbles in ice, in late afternoon light:

No black and white conversion this time – I like the dark blue look.

 

Crystal stars

Crystal stars are one of the types of crystals that form on really chilly nights (less than 10 deg F). On this morning, instead of a few isolated stars, there was a mass of crystals:

The bit of sun lends some shimmer to the stars – and I left this in color, instead of converting to B&W as I often do for ice images. The scene is perhaps six inches wide.

Ice patterns

A small section of an icy brook:

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The ice on the surface of the brook formed, melted somewhat during the day, and froze again at night. The second freeze created the fine crystals.

Another cascade at Spirit Falls

Another one of the smaller cascades at Spirit Falls:

Spirit Falls

Spirit Falls isn’t a single waterfall, it’s a series of cascades that course through a steep slope covered with boulders. I was lucky to see it again recently when it was in good flow and decorated with ice:

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If you live in Massachusetts, Spirit Falls is in Royalston, in the Trustees of Reservations property Jacob’s Hill. It’s a mile or so from the trail head to the falls.

Seeds and fibers

Lately I’ve been exploring the seed phase of flowers. Three follow: common milkweed, Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), and a tiny aster:

Happy new year, everyone!

Twelve from 2018

A selection of images from this year:

 

This year I rediscovered beach scenes – it’s been a long time since I’ve photographed them. Muir Beach and Rodeo Beach were eye opening (and very foggy, as was my visit to the oaks in Helen Putnam Park). It was a good year for finding beautiful flowers, but not so for insects. As the year winds to a close, I’m wishing for colder weather and new frost discoveries. Thanks for all of your thoughts, comments, and likes – have a happy holiday season.

Little Bluestem

Here’s a spikelet of the grass Little Bluestem:

It’s complex and curious when you get close to it. As read about how to describe this pretty thing, I found some of the special terms for the floral parts of grasses. The slender spike on the top is the awn. With more time with the botanical diagrams I’ll be able to tell a lemma from a glume. A USDA plant guide I read says that if you want to harvest the seed of little bluestem you need to “debeard” it (remove the tufts).

Drop on a blade of grass

An extreme closeup of a rain drop on a grass blade:

I used high magnification (3x to 4x) and a wide aperture, f/2.8, for minimal depth of field and an abstract look.