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Fascination With Water

Water has many “faces.”

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The mirror for a spring day.

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Ripples roll yellow-rimmed shadows, like a spilled bag of marbles.

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An abstract shadow of the floating leaf.

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Look close — there’s the yellow-rimmed shadows. There’s also faint surface reflections of sky and trees near the bank.

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Sky reflections show water movement and faint designs of nearby objects.

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Every tiny bubble reflects the same view of above.

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Larger bubbles become a “lens” that distorts the circular view around it.

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The water’s surface … a Monet painting?

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Ice formed into the shape of either a bell or a hat.

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The surface of the water freezes. Lines form as the water level gradually drops, and the ice continues to form only where the water touches it.

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I have no idea how this ice formed. It had to be magic.

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Hmmmm– Running Water

What a difference one day makes — this morning windchill at – 4 from another Arctic blast.

The sun shone yesterday (Monday) and temperature reached 50.

Buffy and I hadn’t hiked lately because of the Arctic weather and the last of the deer seasons. We headed to Eagle Mountain (a ridge of hills on the eastern side of southern Illinois.)

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Water actually ran in upper parts of the creek and dropped underground in the lower areas where the creek widened considerably.

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Ripples created the most fascinating yellow-edged shadows.

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Bubbles distorted the shapes they reflected.

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Melting ice remained on a small north-facing sandstone outcroping.

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At least I can walk back through my memories of this hike while the frigid winds blow again outside.

Along the Creek

Every hike along this small creek varies from the recent weather, the weather of the day and probably from my mood too.

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Small creeks hold just as much enjoyment and intrigue as larger ones.

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Rippling water created constantly changing patterns of light and shadow.

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This creek has more than its share of petrified wood for some reason. Petrified wood always fascinates me that wood became stone through a loooong process.

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Green algae made quite a contrast with drab colors of winter.

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 I just paused and took it all in before

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going in closer to photograph falling water

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and ice formations.

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As you can tell, movement of light and shadows fascinate me.

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As do bubbles. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but each bubble I photograph had my reflection on it.

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A thin layer of clear ice covered a shallow pool off to the side of the creek.

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It’s obvious why artists use nature for inspiration.

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.