IN THE FIELD: Freezing


It’s been a bit on the chilly side where I live. In fact it hasn’t been above freezing for more than a week. Temperatures fall to the low teens at night and sometimes into the single digits. We’ve had a few snow storms and with a snow-covered landscape, it even looks cold outside.

While touring about in the new area in which we live, I passed by an old barn and a glint of light caught my eye. I went back for a second look to see what had flashed as I drove by. I pulled over next to the barn and discovered a large mass of brambles covered in ice climbing up the side of the structure. Sunlight was beaming through the ice creating a chandelier of huge proportions.

I had to find a way to get the shot. I only slipped once, okay twice, while I positioned myself, camera, and tripod in the shadow of the barn. It was the only way I could get the shot so the sun would shine through the ice and not directly into the lens.

Apparently the sun had melted some of the snow from the roof of the barn even though it has been so cold. As the meltwater would drip onto the vines it would then refreeze creating hundreds of of icicles.



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  1. December 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Love those long icicle drops, David.Amazing how warm the sun can be on a freezing cold day. Like the quality of light and how you got a focal point. Very nice.

    • December 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Jane, I actually thought this would be an easy shot. Nope. The icicles were
      in- between myself and the sun. That’s why I had to hide in the shadows and and just peek the lens into the light.

  2. December 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    That is a crazy cool picture with the icicles! Looks like you had some great light to shoot that shot and obviously you took advantage of that! Great work! Really did a great job! Look forward to more of your posts!

    • December 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Thomas, It was a pretty bright flash of light as I drove by…I had to go back and check it out! Thanks for visiting!

  3. December 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Now that’s a cold looking shot! Nice though!

    • December 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Cold it is!!! I saw a few folks today walking around town in shorts…I suppose they can’t let go of summer temps!

  4. December 19, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Stunning photo, David! It sounds VERY cold in your neck of the woods! I can imagine how icy the conditions are underfoot. It has yet to arrive in Scotland yet (still wet and very windy) but we’re promised snow next week.

    • December 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks Jo, yup it’s pretty cold…but believe it or not the weather folks are saying spring like temps this weekend and then back to more seasonal temps. We shall see!

  5. December 19, 2013 at 5:36 am

    that is stunning! and looks really cold and Christmassy 🙂 Nothing like it here, it’s too warm 🙂

    • December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      We had a warm Christmas a few years ago…it’s just not the same without cold and snow.

  6. December 19, 2013 at 6:44 am

    You were rewarded for risking life and limb. Dazzling shot.

    • December 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Of course the best vantage point to get the shot was on a snow covered hill…in the shade…with ice under the snow. Crampons would have been handy!

  7. December 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Brrrr! Beautiful image – quite abstract in appearance. Keep warm.

    • December 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Thanks Meanderer…it sure has been on the chilly side up until this morning. I actually didn’t need gloves or a hat. The forecast is for un-seasonal temps that are spring like for the weekend. Then it’s back to winter…I saw folks in shorts today!

  8. December 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Very very cool…or is that cold? 😉

    • December 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

      It was brrrr feeezin!!! We had Spring time temps over the weekend that were a nice change but it’s getting colder as the day goes.

  9. LB
    December 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Great effort (“only” falling twice) to get the shot. Love the sun shining through. Happy Holidays!

    • December 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thanks LB, good thing there was no one around to see my slippery antics LOL. Merry Christmas to you too!

  10. December 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    What a shot, David! Seriously, worth your efforts. Hope you are fine. 🙂

    • December 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Nandini, I’m fine but if anyone was watching they must have had a good chuckle as I was slipping and sliding down the slope!

  11. December 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Lovely image!
    What we have to go through to get the shot! Hope you weren’t injured when you slipped.

    • December 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Isn’t that the truth…only thing bruised was my dignity LOL.

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