This has been a strange winter, a delayed winter, with nearly no snow in the Willsboro / Essex area. Most of the lake is still open, just freezing around the edges. And this is where I found an area with interesting ice.
A favourite but private section of shoreline, there are many stones of different colours, mostly small and roundish and smooth, beaten by waves all the time. I love going there, sitting among the stones, fascinated by all the colours and shapes. The only kind I recognize is a strong blue which is granite. But reds, pinks, yellows, browns, mottled, occasional green……….
So 2 days ago, I took my camera and went over to see what the shore looked like now. I stood on the bank above the shore since it all looked really slippery. And, Wow, so interesting with the ice buildup with help from waves and wind. This year has been really windy, perhaps more than in other years.
There must be an inch or so on each stone, with some evolving into shapes with darkish enters, some clear through, showing no stone. And stones aren’t all that has been touched, or encased, by ice. I found leaves and bits of plants, also with an inch or so, without even crushing the leaves.
Nature never ceases to amaze me with her artistry. At this time of year my medium is frozen, water that is. Ice. So many different forms.
Very recently I went to view the marina at Brockville, Ont. It is along the St Lawrence Seaway. Surface ice had formed in several textures. At first, seeing buildings reflected in water, turned out to be reflected in really clear ice. So clear, that In places I could see the bottom of the marina.
Next I decided to take some closeups in those reflections. And suddenly the ice looked differently to me, and I realized that it was all covered with designs formed from crystals, streaking here and there in many different directions that had captured the colours seen in the reflections.
I continued to take photos here and there, fascinated with the colours and designs. But then I moved on to another area, a river running through a marsh. Much of the river was frozen with white ice, but here and there were clear areas, again with the same kind of crystalline designs as in the marina.
Now that we just had some snow, all that will change, and those lovely designs won’t be seen anymore. Both the moisture and change in temperature in the layer between snow and ice, will delete the designs and it will become more like white ice as you may have seen when skating rinks are cleared off. The ice then, used for skating, will be thick and white.
Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor
Swan Taking to Wing
By Eve Ticknor
By Eve Ticknor
In all the photos I have been taking over several years, I know if the conditions are right for me, I will see images in the pictures after they are printed out.
The fun is in asking others to look at a photo and tell me what they see. Obviously my interpretations and others’ interpretations can be different. Still, many do look at my photos and see nothing. It used to bother me, until I realized that I could teach others how to look, how to see.
Take a photo, preferably one that is more on the abstract side, but with substance, as in not just 3 lines. Focus on 1 section and see if anything comes to mind. Then shift your focus to another part and do the same. Turn the photo upside down or on 1 side, and do the same you did with the first side. Continue for the remaining sides. Did you see anything that made sense? Anything that made you look at it differently after that?
I have a photo which made perfect sense the way I took it. However, in showing it around, it was immediately turned around and declared to be an entirely different subject. After a while, it was turned onto its side and, surprise, surprise, it was again something entirely different.
Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor
Floater by Eve Ticknor
Autumn has snuck up on me and I just realized I have been remiss with the lack of blogs. Such is life.
Autumn is a wonderful season, full of colour. The past few weeks has seen me leaning over all sorts of bridges. Why? Falling leaves. Leaves floating by, leaves sitting on the bottom of whatever waterway I happen to be leaning over. Some look just like paintings. The ones floating on the surface may look like little boats or a piece of oriental art while the ones below the water often look full of life, rushing by faster than I can snap the shutter. There is a whole different feel to them, different texture, perhaps changes in colour.
As the season progresses we will see less colour, but make up for it with ice. Ice is pretty amazing, creeping bit by bit. But look closely. Do you see bits of colour on a sunny day? What about designs? How many kinds of ice do you see? But enough of this. Let’s stick to leaves for now.
With full force, spring is here, as you know. Now I will probably annoy anyone driving with me as I am constantly stopping by every waterway I come across, ponds, rivers, streams, ditches, etc.
On sunny days I can be found next to any of the above, camera at hand, searching for that elusive “the one” that is out there somewhere. So I go around to favourite spots snapping photos everywhere to be sorted later.
Lately I have been photographing grasses in ditches and small streams. These make for interesting shapes. I search for small stones with water running shallowly over them. The sun is key to the stones as it enables me to get some wonderful colours.
Life has a way of interfering with my plans. A brief hiatus turned into more. At this point, summer is here and with it Art Shows and opportunities for photography. In Essex, NY, we have a wonderful home for our Gallery, the “Yellow House”. It makes hanging the art much more interesting, in a better setting. I have some of my photos in the 4 shows here, plus a larger solo show at Valour Imaging in Plattsburgh.
reflections in a roadside ditch.
It has been a while since my last blog, but so has winter. for me, too much snow followed by too much rain. Flooding has begun and I hope it isn’t too bad this year.
On the other hand, rain means melting. Streams are finally opening up and, although there is an over abundance of water in them, rushing about, I can finally see what is under all that water. Rocks, big ones, little ones, rocks. Add in the sunlight and I get very interesting designs and patterns. I could take hundreds of these and probably never be sated.
Another source of water photos is the drips in spring under bridges. With lots of snow still on the ground, I find my best was to take photos is to lean over the railing, half lying on it, to be able to get decent colours and markers of the patterns.
Spring is also a time to gear up for Art Shows, and the harder job of choosing what to put in the shows. So stay tuned. You never know when I’ll add more here.
Winters are changing, and not to my liking. Too cold, too windy, too much ice. Well, ice underfoot and sealing car doors shut. But there are other kinds of ice, more to my liking. I wish I were able to watch the ice sculpting itself, to learn how it decides what shape to become.
One kind of interesting ice is that formed in a flat sheet over a puddle, It seems to have etchings or layers or cracks, etc. One had lines as if sketching a person’s silhouette, to me looking like Charles De Gaulle.
Then last March, I found a patch of ice along the side of a gravel road by a wetland. Here I took several photos of ice in an area smaller than a square foot. The result is ice looking like 2 kinds of bottles! I have yet to find this kind anywhere else.
Along the sides of streams partly open, I can find several kinds of ice. The most interesting is a sort of bubbly ice as if someone were there with a large straw blowing bubbles. One photo I took of this kind is ice looking like a pair of feet, complete with toenails.
How is it that ice can resemble familiar things to us? Why can we be looking at the same photo of ice, yet see different things?
Leafy Harvest by Eve Ticknor
Baby steps are growing. Thanks to George, I am slowly remembering the steps needed to manage my website, and to give you new photos and a new blog now and then.
Autumn is a wonderful season for colours. We immediately think of leaves on trees, or on our lawns, needing raking up. Leaves fall on the ground in natural areas, and on or in water, and those are the ones that interest me the most right now.
The best water is a stream running over small rocks, not too deep, with a few leaves already underwater. Find some and look at them.
Where are they? How are they being changed? Do they look different under grey skies, or under sunny skies?
I love finding them when it is sunny, and looking to see if they are saying anything to me. Often I begin to see faces or animals, which I didn’t see when taking the photos.
So train your eyes to see the possibilities. It is akin to seeing someone who is not especially attractive and finding their inner beauty. It is there, and well worth the effort.
The roller coaster rises again. I was successful in submitting 2 photos to the Juried Show at the Depot Gallery, 2 that were chosen to hang in the Gallery! This is quite exciting for me. Next season, a solo show there.
I will have photos in an upcoming Conference in Burlington, Vt during November, as well as the Annual Show and Sale during December at the Paine Memorial Library in Willsboro, NY.
Everywhere I go, I see potential for my photos. Water is everywhere. My goal is to show you how to look, not just to see. You can see the reflection of a boat in the water. Lovely boat. So what? Well, look again. Focus on just part of the reflection. What is happening? Is the light changing, the current moving, the wind starting to blow? Look at your boat, at the small section you are focusing on. It will be changing. Parts of the reflection will not stay together. They may make a new design, a new picture. Try it the next time you go out for a ride. Go down to a marina and check out a reflection. See if it works for you. Try it on water somewhere else, with a reflection that is not a boat. Think of what is happening. Let me know.