streaks of sunlight across pond

Buckbean

buckbean shoot and sunlight reflecting on water 1

The shoots are coming up in our pond.

buckbean shoot and sunlight reflecting on water 2

Hard light

strong light/shade contrasts in ice patterns

I know spring is here—I’ve been taking pictures of the early flowers—but I’m not quite ready to give up on pictures of ice.

ice patterns
Like burnished metal
ice with dark streambed showing through
Almost like it’s flowing—but not quite
incredibly complex patterns on ice
I mean, how can you give up on something like this?

After the snow

snow covered yard and pond
Very, very pretty!

So this is what our yard looked like early this morning. The air was much warmer than it’s been and the snow that fell was soft and wetter. Interestingly, the warmth seemed to give everything a browner cast—it’s not just the way the camera shot it. Perhaps it was the effect of melting snow on the pond ice.

snow hanging from underside of branches
Isn’t snow supposed to sit on TOP of branches?

Lots of things to take pictures of, in any case.

patterns of fencing against snow
Snow plus badly strung garden fencing—a silver lining! interesting patterns!
prayer flags hung on garden netting
The prayer flags around the garden have gained back some colour by comparison.

 

Snow in the forecast

slough, ice, just a hint of sun on treetops
Yow! Chilly!

Snow is in the forecast for tonight, and then freezing rain, well, actually the forecasters are being a little vague. There’s precipitation coming into a cold front that’s been sitting over us, and then almost immediately it’s going to warm up, and who knows what will happen? seems to be the refrain.

I don’t have to drive anywhere tomorrow, so if it snows I’ll happily take pictures. But meanwhile, snow from a few days ago. These pictures of the slough on our property were taken early, before the sun had cleared the trees.

ice on slough, snowy reflections, golden reflection of treetops
A little more of that warm golden glow…
sky and cloud reflections in slough, snow on bushes
I love the colours of snow and cold sky.

 

Hurrah for ice

ice patterns on pond

Unlike much of North America—especially this year when the Polar Vortex descended over the continent—our winters are relatively warm. The result is that I haven’t had many opportunities to take wintery pictures. But recently we had a wee dump of snow, and since then it’s stayed below freezing and often sunny. So I’ve had a few chances (when not slaving over a hot computer) to take some pictures. This is the first of a series I hope to put up. 

Not snow

extreme closeup of edge of dead leaf and pine needles

We had snow the other day and I went out and took LOTS of pictures. And then some pictures of ice. But I haven’t had time to deal with them, so today you’ll have to cope with a picture of a dead leaf. Dead leaves are always good for a photograph, don’t you think?

Dead leaf and ridged boards

closeup of dead leaf on old ridged boards

I’ve tagged this “autumn leaves” because it is… although by now, having hung around for months, it’s more of a winter leaf. Not colourful, the way autumn leaves are thought of, because it’s from a kiwi vine, and they don’t do colour when dying. But on a January day with low sun and the ridged wood on the back deck bleached out, I think that very lack of bright colour becomes something kinda special.

Cold metal

extreme closeup of hose fitting

But pretty.

slightly less closeup view of hose fitting

Amazing how something so pedestrian can look so good with the right lighting.

hose fitting

Even when it includes vile green plastic hose.

Cold light

tree reflecting in ice on slough

I’m behind in my intentions—this is the first post of 2014. Oh well. Taken a few weeks ago when it was colder and there was white stuff around. A good photo to start the year with, as it’s basically all about light.

Christmas lights

out of focus sunlit droplets

Actually, dewdrops on the wee Japanese maple, catching the sunlight. But appropriately seasonal lights nonetheless.

And here’s wishing the light and love of the season to you and yours.

droplet on twig 1
Like a light on a string
droplet on pine needles
Okay, this one wasn’t on the maple… but it’s still part of the lights round our yard.
droplet on twig 2
Better than a LED.
droplet on twig 3
Stars… or moon?

Light and leaf

dead leaf on forest litter

For some reason I got this image all set up and put it in the folder of images that have been posted to this blog without actually ever doing the posting of said image. A little mystery of functionality, my brain.

Interrupting fungus…

sword ferns in dim and reflected light 1

…for ferns.

I usually think of sword ferns as green, but the blues and bronzes resulting from the light conditions and ripeness of the spores really got my attention.

sword ferns in dim and reflected light 2

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