Thursday, February 1, 2007

Old Leaves + Old Ice = Art

Down by the pond there are a few puddles that are hidden from the winter sun. The bowl of the pond area also gathers the cold air soup that settles each night. The puddle water from beneath the ice has evaporated or sunk into the ground, leaving the old ice above. I thought the colors were pretty in this jumble of old winter stuff.

Maple leaves froze into the ice, and air pockets follow the contours of the leaves. I like the delicate pinks of the leaves.

Old dried up algae scum makes pretty greens on old oak leaves. The edge of the ice looks like a map--a bay, penninsulas, islands.
I liked the holes. The ice is sitting a few inches above the leaves.

As the wind calms, the birds fly more in the open(when the wind is wild they make short hops through the trees). I saw 4 ravens fly over the firs. They were speaking to each other in that strange "cronk", and in the silence of no wind I could hear their wings moving through the dry air--a stiff, brushy snap of a japanese fan.

1 comment:

Betty Jo said...

Oh My! What gorgeous photos. You definitely have a photograph's eye for detail. I too enjoy looking for beauty in the everyday simple things around me. In the top photo I can actually see hearts in the ice; and I so love hearts. I also love the way you've described the photos and especially the view and sounds of the birds.

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