Here are some new ones …

16 Dec

These are some frost flowers on my window last night. Some of the best I've managed, I think. You have no idea how difficult the things can be, to get the flowers to show up against a nice contrasting background … and then, keeping the detail in the wee little things. It's really a matter of luck, I think, as much as anything else. But I can't resist trying, every time.
This first one is really quite elaborate; I've seldom seen one quite so "organised" looking.

And then these are more usual, but I managed to get the elements of the picture to come out right …

That last one was a rush job; the sun had just touched it, and it was only seconds from dribbling down the window.
Damn, these things are reminding me of Allan, for some reason … I miss him.
A further remark … I just finished watching a PBS program "NOVA" … "Stalking the Hidden Dimension", which explored the use of fractals in describing and measuring natural objects … these have a resemblance to some of the things they talked about. I love mathematics that make my head hurt!
Cheers, all …


Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


28 responses to “Here are some new ones …

  1. SqueakeyCat

    December 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    oooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty

  2. derWandersmann

    December 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you … I love seeing them; it was doubly pleasing to get such good shots of them.

  3. SqueakeyCat

    December 18, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I have never owned a camera that I could get good pictures like that with. I have always relied on my little ones, the cheap Kodak ones. I love my Kodaks but one of these day's I'd like to upgrade to the best Kodak there is out there. Or maybe something that will help me get my best photos yet.

  4. RedFreya

    December 18, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Nature proving it is better at producing beautiful things than Man often can. I was thinking of fractals when I saw the first picture.:up: 🙂

  5. derWandersmann

    December 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Wow! A woman who thinks of fractals!

  6. NLDH

    December 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    What a wonderful work :up: I enjoyed all the photos ^^

  7. RedFreya

    December 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I watch a lot of BBC science programmes (and discovery channel).:up: 🙂

  8. Huong Lan

    December 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I love these photos, dW. So beautiful!!!!!!! 🙂

  9. judithchen

    December 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    what is …."organised" looking…..:left: :right: :eyes: :psmurf: :up:

  10. derWandersmann

    December 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I'm not sure how to answer that; for one thing, I'm not quite sure what you're asking. If you are asking what the words mean, I think I can say that what I mean is that the image looks like it was made with some kind of plan in mind … whether that plan was preconceived by the image maker or inherent in the nature of the materials and processes involved.In other words … well, I think that it gives the appearance of having been "planned", and not random.If anyone else wants to chip in, here, go right ahead … even if you disagree with me.

  11. judithchen

    December 27, 2010 at 1:12 am

    oh,i see ,thank you very much .your photoes very stylish,broad view for me..Merry christmas!!!:wizard: :wizard: :wizard: :psmurf:

  12. arduinna

    December 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for capturing and sharing the ephemeral. In some the crystals seem to fly. :up:I understand it must be difficult. The first one is a zoom of the following ones ? It's quite a complex pattern

  13. derWandersmann

    December 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    No, the first one is actually from the previous night … they vanish during the day because the sun hits that window in the morning, so each night is a completely new growth of crystals. They only last through the day if the weather is exceptionally cold (~ -30°F) and relatively sunless.

  14. arduinna

    December 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    They are probably all different each day, but by chance for you it only last a winter 😉 ! But again, the pictures are amazing.

  15. kentsopera

    December 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  16. SqueakeyCat

    January 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

  17. derWandersmann

    January 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Thank you all, and a Happy New Year to you!("Rat back atcha", as they say in warmer climes.)

  18. arduinna

    January 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Happy new year to you "der Wandersmann" I don't come often but each time it's worth a visit !!(Kimberly's comments are ok for me, just I had a notification for a comment between both Kimberly's, but I never saw it … 2011 is not steady (stable) yet !!)

  19. NLDH

    January 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Happy New Year :wizard: :hat:

  20. studio41

    January 8, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I am missing Allan, too. And much, lately. I also was observing the snowflakes carefully on my windshield last night…these are pretty.

  21. PainterWoman

    January 10, 2011 at 4:01 am

    These have always fascinated me whenever I see the photos. This last month in Fargo, I've finally seen these crystals in real life. Our front door is all glass and is covered from top to bottom. Lately, they're lasting all day long. Being that it gets so cold here, I'm surprised anyone would have a front door made of glass. It sure does let the cold in!

  22. derWandersmann

    January 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I think it may let the impression of cold in, more than the actual cold, Pam … but if there's only the glass door, I'm surprised; the glass door is usually the storm door, replaced by screens in the Summer. The more modern ones are double-pane glass; Thermopane® is one brand, which is a one-piece unit, a sort of glass Dewar flask.Lasting all day long, eh? Well, our weathercast remarked last night that it was –2°F there during the day. Did the sun hit the door at all?

  23. PainterWoman

    January 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    You're right, it's the storm door. I don't know if it's double paned. The sun never hits the door. The storm doors are missing from the back patio French doors. They just bought the house in August and didn't notice them missing, otherwise, they could have put something in writing to the sellers to leave the doors or replace them. We could feel a very strong draft, during the first wind/snow storm so my SIL put cellophane plastic and shrink wrapped it over the whole area. It looks very strange but it seems to be common here. I've seen it sold at Home Depot and Loews strictly for that purpose.

  24. SqueakeyCat

    January 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    Squeak, I notice that your first posting above keeps disappearing. I've seen it; it's not dirty or obscene; what gives?

    Its the site. I couldn't delete it, as your page wouldn't let me. If you could delete the first one, I'd appreciate it. Thats why I left the second one.Stupid sites. They show the pics as available, then, when you go and post the comment, they disappear. I went to the site, and when I refreshed the page, the image still showed as available.Like I said, stupid site. LMAOOriginally posted by studio41:

    I am missing Allan

    I too miss him. I enjoyed looking through all of his photos that he took. I always wished I could take the types of photos he could, but I'm not a pro at it, and probably never will be. But I do get some good shots.This is the best picture that I think I have ever taken. Its in my photo albums. They were 2 seagulls fighting over a cracker that I threw up in the air.

  25. derWandersmann

    January 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    No sooner said than done, Squeak. It's gone. I'll let you edit the one above this.I assume you took a picture of a print … that requires a bit of good luck, and probably a better camera than the one you have … of course, the original print may have been too soft, too.From what I've seen of your photos, you could definitely do with a better camera; not so much in the resolution department, but in more flexibility … you're not that bad, but some things are going to be tough to get right, because the camera limits you. It boils down to whether it matters that much to you … or not.

  26. SqueakeyCat

    January 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    actually no, its not a picture of a print. I actually took that picture with a 35 mm throw-away camera in 2003 when I went to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.There are a lot of photos that I took, that were taken by cell phone as well. Those are the ones that came out the blurriest.As for the one above being a dupe, yes, I had to scan it onto the computer, which, made it so that it looks a little different from the original.

  27. Olgita

    January 31, 2011 at 5:01 am

    WELL DONE!!!! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  28. SqueakeyCat

    February 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm



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