Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thematic Photographic #34--- Simple As Sunshine After the Storm

Well, I went from Photo Phunk to three days in a row posting pictures of our winter storm. I should explain my enthusiasm for something as simple as snow and ice --- I haven't seen much of it during the past 30 years, and it is so beautiful!! Then Carmi posted this week's Thematic Photographic topic: simple. Aha! Simple, huh? Simple as water, H2O, in various forms.

Today the sky was blue and the sun was bright. Temperatures were just warm enough to start the melting process. The icicles below were hanging off our eaves and quickly melting. If you look closely you will see water droplets falling from the ice.


As the ice liquefied it became more like crystal than frosted glass and the sun shining through caused the branches to sparkle. The weakening ice also was breaking off the trees and, what I couldn't capture in the photos, created snapping and popping like a million bowls of Rice Krispies.

The branches of small evergreen trees and bare saplings held onto their icy jackets most of the day. The melting process is halted for the night as temperatures dropped back down below freezing.


The air contained enough moisture to create fog which settled into some of the valleys for most of the day.

The snow plows came through several times during the past couple of days, but the density of the ice under the snow made a clean sweep impossible. That's ice on our road! I did go into town today and used the 4WD in several places (wheee! I do love my truck!!), though the main roads were about 90% clear.

And what would winter storm albums be without a simple portrait of our snow-covered house?

The topic this week is simple. That brings to mind a multitude of subjects. What photos do you have of the simple side of life? Join us! The rules are simple!

8 comments:

Ida said...

Lovely series from a winter covered landscape. :)

Carmi said...

Two things to add to your to-do list today, Barb:

1 - Go out (with 4WD, of course!) and buy some frames.
2 - Pick spots on your wall to hang these.

I'm simply blown away at the stark beauty you've captured in various forms of frozen or crystallized water. Amazing.

Jama said...

wow! they look so beautiful in photos but I bet it's no easy feat living in winter country.

It's Time to Live... said...

Looks like you are having some fun in the snow. Keep it up. We had a life and death situation last week (my wife and I) Search and Rescue came and saved us though! Perhaps I will post the story sometime...

Mamapippa said...

Beauties !
Love snowy and icy ones !

June said...

Looks like a wonderland, but think I'll leave it to you! Terrific shots...

lisaschaos said...

So unusual to see those sights there. :) So pretty!

LisaNewton said...

I love these pictures. Being an native Mid-Westerner, I grew up shoveling snow.

However, right now, I'm enjoying California, even if it's raining right now.............:)