An after market telephoto lens with really terrible optics can still create intriguing images with its distortion. In these images, rain falling through 29-degree air is coating branches and pine needles with ice.
Winter has its moments of beauty.
After a few springlike days, winter came roaring back, taking Round 2. The system dropped freezing rain, several inches of sleet and topped it all off with snow. Schools were shut down for days and traffic stopped on I-40 and I-55 in northeastern Arkansas.
The heavy winter layer took all the joy out of the daffodils in back of the office. So sad.
Winter is a slow time here on the mountain. Not much is moving and wildlife is elusive. However, Nature does provide a little interest in the variety of strokes in which she uses her frosty paintbrush. There are leaves carefully rimmed with ice crystals. On the cliff sides, bladelike crystals arise from the earth, separating roots from soil and rocks from their beds. And there are those those tiny, rimming crystals — flakes that stand on end in seeming defiance of gravity.
(Apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis, of course.) Winter likes to make water do interesting things: create stalactites, delicate snowflakes and spheres of ice. Here, a couple of samples of what water can do.
(Catching that little drop of water falling from an icicle took many, many frames.)
Posts from winters past:
One of the nice things about the weekly photo challenge is that the prompt gets you to see the world in another way; or see an object in a new light; or at the very least from a new angle. Our take on the details is below.
- Floral detail: http://kardzbykris.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/lost-in-the-details-found-in-the-moment/
- Bridging the details: http://snogumman.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/weekly-photo-challenge-lost-in-the-details/
- Details at the oceanside: http://ryanfile.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/weekly-photo-challenge-lost-in-details/
- See more details at this week’s challenge homepage: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/weekly-photo-challenge-lost-in-the-details/#more-15407
Fall and winter are trying to gain a foothold here in Arkansas. These shots came from one of the few frostly mornings we’ve had here in Central Arkansas — cold snaps sandwiched between days with highs in the 70s, a few thunderstorms and the occasional tornado watch.
More changing seasons:
And the home for the weekly challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/weekly-photo-challenge-changing-seasons/
… or “icing the daffodil,” which is not nearly as poetic a phrase. Still, the flower doth speak for itself.
Temps as low as the lower teens turned the pond to ice and the roadway into truck luge course.