Friday, January 20, 2012

The Thaw

Maple seed
Today the snow was thawing in full force.  Water was dripping from everywhere!  It was great fun to be out there seeing the white world transforming back into greens and browns.  Melting snow was falling from the trees into our slower creek, making ripples that were constantly overlapping.  

The creek that flows downhill was draped with icicles formed as the snow melted from branches.  It was lovely.  My mind was singing the song from Bambi:  "drip drip drop little april shower..." It's not spring, but I couldn't help thinking it must be how it feels for people who live with snow all winter and finally have that first day of warmth.  

One of the kids locked isaac out, apparently barefooted, because I saw footprints in the snow when I went outside.  Don't worry, he was only outside long enough to walk to an unlocked door. On a sad note, the pink barefoot footprint sticker with the Hawaiian Islands as the toes has now fallen off of my minivan.  How will I distinguish it from anyone else's now?  The barefootmommy-minivan is having an identity crisis!
Koa's footprint over the flower beds.  Dirt's making a comeback!
Darn cleavers, they still stick around.  But at least they'e pretty.
Spotted towhee can't wait to be hidden in this very spot in a few days.
Remains of the pepper plants from this summer.

This was some sort of salad green that went to seed.
stubborn flowers

Look carefully at the largest bubble.  Saraiah found that you could see its reflection!

Look how the water just bubbles up on the bamboo.

i love the little buds that i see

There are a few things that I haven't figured out how to do justice with in still photography: frost, water and icicles.  The thing that makes them beautiful in part is the way they make light dance and move.  I'm still learning how to capture that.  I think a long exposure on a tripod, making the water look smooth might have been a cool idea.  Note to self: get a tripod that works.  

icicles over the waterfall
a branch encased in ice

kids' climbing tree

reflected tree over creek

leaf or ice flower?
many helicopters!

1 comment:

  1. I think you got some very good ones of the ice!!


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