Catching up …

23 Jan

I reckon it's about time for me to put up some more pictures … this year isn't like last year, being more cold than snowy, but there are some interesting shots to be made. Some of you may feel that they're a touch repetitive, but one does tend to explore a subject more thoroughly when the opportunities for moving about are somewhat limited. This leads to many shots being similar to one another. If I'm boring you folks, I apologise. Back to the snowy North:
These are a couple more of ice on the window …

And a few chilly birds …
A couple of still lifes …

And then, surprise! We had a heavy fog on a freezing night, and the result was predictable: HOARFROST! I was prepared after I heard the weather forecast the previous night …

And another day … we had sun, and I found this little spot …

And, to close, an interesting sky …
And that'll do, for now …

Cheers, all!


Posted by on January 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


24 responses to “Catching up …

  1. RedFreya

    January 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Pictures of nature are never boring, there is always something new to see. There is nothing to beat, at this time of year, than a bright frosty day. That sky is certainly worth seeing. 🙂

  2. risis1977

    January 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    beautiful pictures .A pict can tell something . .

  3. derWandersmann

    January 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you, Red …You're right, Risis … the beauty of it is, of course, is its ambiguity … Person A sees one thing, Person B another … and so on down the line. Perhaps that says more about the viewer than the subject … but I ain't goin' there.

  4. ricewood

    January 24, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Actually I find the repetitive interesting. Studying the small changes in a defined shape rather than the change of the shape itself.Like your ice-on-window details.It's exactly that way of approaching things which will teach me how to see rather than just look

  5. derWandersmann

    January 24, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Thanks, Allan. I have secretly believed that for many years, but I never would verbalise it because it sounds like a rationalisation for the repetition. But I've compensated by doing a lot of phototriage, trying to pick the ones I like best from the clutter of similar images. Sometimes it's hard to pick.I notice the same phenomenon in other photographers here … Leffe is one, and Agneta, as are you (but we don't see your rejects), and Christine … whose mind you can see working as she moves in and around the subject, trying to get its essence.

  6. PainterWoman

    January 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Never boring dW. Wow, that 2nd ice on the window photo looks like a forest of trees. Love the creek area you found. It's so pretty. Also your window sill and the wonderful clouds. The hoar frost is fascinating and beautiful to see. Had never heard of it till visiting a couple of blogs on Opera. Is this what damages and breaks electrical and telephone wires or am I thinking of ice storms?

  7. derWandersmann

    January 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    LOL … unpack the sandwiches.There is frequently nothing to do, the car being on a surface that offers no purchase at all. In cases like that, one waits. Sooner or later the spinning will slow and ultimately stop. Of course, usually before that happens, someone else, equally out of control, will hit you, usually with only minor damage. Or, the car will drift into something, hopefully something cheap.

  8. PainterWoman

    January 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    😆 I've only had one experience with fishtailing in a car on a slick rainy road in Arizona. I'd have a heart attack if it started spinning. Whoa! What the heck do people do?

  9. derWandersmann

    January 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Ice storms, usually called "freezing rain", are the big culprits in the tree and powerline damage. Quite a considerable weight of ice can accumulate, and frequently does, as liquid rain falls onto a surface that is cold enough to freeze it. This, of course, does not only break trees and powerlines, and occasionally some bits of houses, but falls also on roads and sidewalks, leading to those entertaining TV shots of cars and trucks rotating, seemingly endlessly, on the friction-free surface, and the sight of people landing heavily on icy sidewalks as their feet slip out from under them. The cars usually stop spinning by springtime; the difficult bit being passing sandwiches in to the occupants through the windows as they pass by.OK; I made that last part up.

  10. PainterWoman

    January 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

    My daughter was driving her boyfriend's car and slid into a UPS truck on an icy street in Chicago. Luckily the truck already had some dents in it and what she did wasn't too much damage so he said forget it. Whew!

  11. derWandersmann

    January 25, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Yes … easily the worst things to slide into are schoolbuses and high trucks. They are built up high enough so that they don't get damaged much, but they are just the right height to really do a number on your car.

  12. solidcopper

    January 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Nice winter photos. Love your plants and pots by the window too.

  13. Olivier31

    January 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    nice photos 🙂

  14. studio41

    February 2, 2010 at 2:02 am

    pretty, so pretty…

  15. pthhieubilly

    February 2, 2010 at 5:02 am

    fantastic Photos of winter 😀 :yes:

  16. studio41

    February 9, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Originally posted by ricewood:

    It's exactly that way of approaching things which will teach me how to see rather than just look

    I will have to remember this and think about it.

  17. BabyJay99

    February 9, 2010 at 7:02 am


  18. Berith1

    March 11, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Hi Charles. That sky, the last picture, was fantastic! It took me on a minute's journey and I had to breath, breath.. Thanks!

  19. Merc1

    March 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

    i enjoyed all of them. but my favorites were the candle one (i don't why, but that one just spoke to me) and the first of one of the…creek? i guess that's what you would call that. and then the last one 🙂

  20. derWandersmann

    March 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    As I recall, Unni, you posted a similar shot sometime back … only yours was better, in my estimation. (Curses! Foiled again! LOL)I call it a creek, too Mercedes … there are a number of them in the area, draining excess surface water into Lake Michigan. They don't have an easy time of it; we are a good 100' above the lake level, but the bluff has a rise right at the edge. It's actually an ancient beach. This tends to pond the water sometimes, and keeps drainage from drying us out too much. When we get a dry year, we lose a lot through evaporation, not runoff. But over the millennia, the ponding and decaying vegetation have given us a soil that is so black as to defy description. Before our current overpopulation, it was prime farmland.That little creek runs under the road at the point where I took the photos; hence my ability to shoot from the middle of the stream. You didn't really think I had the ability to hover in midair, did you? LOL

  21. Berith1

    March 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Your memory is good, very good! Yes, it's true I had a similar picture, taken at my vacation in Bjørnevåg last summer. But mine didn't take my breath away, yours did! 🙂

  22. Merc1

    March 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    actually was thinking u could hover in midair! LOL jk jk!

  23. solidcopper

    March 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Didn't have a shadow to prove it though. 🙄

  24. ForestFloor

    March 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Wow, the last photo is spectacular!! :up: The January streams are very pretty too. I often enjoy looking back on winter photos like these in the heat of summer 🙂


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