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.
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.