Archive for January, 2013


Subjects don’t always present themselves for the best of photographic opportunities.

I took these pictures from the truck with the motor running, the window part way down, trying to aim the camera over a fence and stay behind Buffy.

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 Ducks and geese commonly visit this small private lake.

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Then I noticed orange legs. My son, the hunter, calls them speckled bellies. Technically, they’re greater white-fronted geese.

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They’re only common west of the Mississippi River, and we live in southern Illinois.

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This was the perfect ending for a perfect outing.

My Fascination with Ice

The creek on my rural property was a mixture of running water, frozen and freezing ice.

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The darker areas had water touching the ice underneath.

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Air filled the light areas.


I’m sure the explanation for these shapes would be too complicated for an artistic mind.

Just amazing!


The sequence of next 6 pictures was taken in two minutes.

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The light areas were light because air filled the void below the ice.

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The whole surface was frozen. Air would rush under the ice in spidering directions.

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First here and then there. Obviously, the water level was slowly dropping.

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 Sometimes small areas turned white; other times much larger areas.

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This whole area was about three feet square.

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The arrow shows where the original opening was.

The word amazing came to mine.

Teeny Surprise

The red color of these teeny moss spore capsules caught my attetnion.

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The teeny ice “crystals” didn’t show until the picture was in the computer.

A miniature magical garden …

Velvet Tree Apron Moss

 Buffy and I  rounded the corner of the creek on Eagle Mountain.

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All the drab colors of winter made the green moss on the bases of several trees stand out.

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This was the first one I came to, and it had the most dramatic root system.

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Frost dulled the green in the shaded area of the moss.

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Velvet tree apron moss grows on rocks, the bases of trees and decaying wood.

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It’s appearance changes when it dries. This was higher on the same tree.

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This arrangement just begged to be photographed.

Brake for Ice

 One of my absolute favorite things is designs in ice.

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So, I just had to stop and investigate this ice. We had an accumulation of water from melting of 20 inches of snow, followed by heavy rains, then freezing tempatures.

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The water gradually went down and left designs in the forming  ice.

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All these designs were small.

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Deserves Respect

The ground crunched under foot in the backyard. The sun shone through very few clouds. The 9 a.m. temperature sat at 27, and the northwest wind blew at 20mph, gusting to 29, making a wind chill of 15.

I walked right up to this dandelion, in full bloom, showing no signs of even knowing it was cold.

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  I know many people consider dandelions to be a weed. Not me. They’re one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring and last in the fall. Butterflies and other insects visit them. Kids of all ages like to blow the seeds from their ball-shaped seedhead.

The flower sure had my respect, and my appreciation for the beauty it added to my day.

Ice and Water

These are a few of the reasons I like ice and water.

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Reflections make pretty pictures.

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Patterns in ice create interesting designs of light and shadow.

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This ice curiosity formed in a cavity not 3 inches across.

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Tumbling water rolled over on itself, trapped air and bubbles resulted.

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Rippling water cast yellow-rimmed shadows on the rocks below.

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Add the sound of running water to all this, and it explains why I’m drawn to rocky creeks.