A follow-up to “Looking through my files …”

18 Feb

At the time that I posted that one photo, I mentioned that I had made the shot a year ago. I hadn’t shot (or seen) any icicles this year … too blame cold; the snow couldn’t melt enough to run down and freeze into an icicle. Well, there was enough of a warmup that a suitably large icicle appeared in approximately the same place as last year. (Apparently there is some sort of flaw in the roof or the guttering over my window that encourages the ice to form here.)
Anyway, this is a document of some sort, showing the evolution of the ice as time went on and in different lights. My apologies for the condition of my windows; they are VERY dirty. I live on the second floor, and I’ll be double-damned if I’ll go crawling out on that wee window sill to wash the outsides. The building doesn’t provide even yearly cleaning … this is an old-person’s home, subsidised by the government, and I reckon they feel that old, poor people must not be deserving of clean windows. So much for The Protestant Ethic.
Anyway, here they are, in chronological order, with as little comment as I can get away with:
#1: The first appearance; the sun is just hitting the top:

#2: The sun is fully up:

#3: At first light, or almost, the next day. The sun isn’t really in evidence yet, but it is obvious that the thing has grown:

#4: More light. The sky is truly blue, with some nice clouds to break the blue up:

#5: Lots more light … quite bright and sparkly:

#6: A white-out day, with a furious snowstorm. The light is none too bright, and the wing of the building opposite is barely visible through the snow. I included it for atmosphere, not because it showed so well, but because it didn’t:

#7: The last … I show a view across the court, just to show conditions. I don’t expect to see it tomorrow; the prediction is for 38°F, and it will be gone:

Yep. Gone. Glad for the warmth, though.
Cheers, all!


Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


17 responses to “A follow-up to “Looking through my files …”

  1. pam

    February 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Nice progression of photos. The first and second photo you can see a drop forming. I especially like the third photo because of the contrast in the ridges (stripes?) in the icicle.

    We’ve got that nicer higher temp today too. Still haven’t gone outside though, unless you count getting the mail. Mia would rather stay inside. She didn’t even want to go to lunch!

  2. gdare

    February 19, 2014 at 4:17 am

    What do you mean it will be gone? 38F is about 3C, cold enough for it to stay, for at least a day more :left:

    • derwandersmann

      February 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Gone the next day. One must remember the warmth given off by the building itself, however good the insulation might be. Besides that, the temp hit 45°F and stayed there a while.

  3. Adele Brand

    February 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Great study, DW. No icicles here – we’ve hardly even had any frost, which is very unusual for Surrey.

    • derwandersmann

      February 20, 2014 at 2:48 am

      Yes … Northwestern Europe in general seems to be experiencing a very peculiar winter … see Martin’s description, to say nothing of Sami’s, Wertti’s, and Eva’s.

      Have you had a chance to pick up that broadcast segment I sent you, yet?

      • Adele Brand

        February 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        I have been thinking about it but I’ve been very busy this week. I’ll listen to it on the weekend.

  4. Janean

    February 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful icicle study. Truly. Your captions are just right. I smiled at, “…with as little comment as I can get away with.” Brevity is a lesson I need more practice in. Kudos to you!

  5. meqanic

    February 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    The icicle pics are beautiful. A great phenomenom! Good shots!

  6. Harry...the Man!

    February 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Those sure are entertaining shots. I didn’t notice the dirt on the windows – well, I wasn’t distracted by it. In a strange way, it added to the atmosphere of the shots for me.

    • derwandersmann

      February 26, 2014 at 3:25 am

      Thanks, Harry … I can always count on you for a bit of encouragement.
      … and with the weather we’re having, I need it!

  7. evawiren

    February 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Very nice shots I like them all. it is nice to follow the changes …

    • derwandersmann

      February 28, 2014 at 2:30 am

      Thank you, Eva … actually it turned out surprisingly well, considering that I was just desperate to handle a camera. The weather here has not encouraged me to leave the house, let alone carry a camera bag.

      • evawiren

        February 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        It is very strange this year. We have sun for one or two days and rain for weeks

  8. raniahajqasem

    February 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    actually am irresolute which photo is the best , all of them are marvelous .

    • derwandersmann

      March 1, 2014 at 3:06 am

      Thank you, Rania … and I’m very glad you’re here.

      I wasn’t trying to decide which one was best; I just intended to show the progression from day-to-day.

      • raniahajqasem

        March 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

        but it seems so cold right there , how can you afford to live in this cold weather

      • derwandersmann

        March 4, 2014 at 3:02 am

        If the mountain will not come to Mohammad, Mohammad must go to the mountain.
        Yep, it’s colder that I would like, or at least it has lasted longer than I would like, but there isn’t much that I can do about it.


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