“What Lies Beneath”

“What Lies Beneath”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
― Albert Einstein

There is something magical about ice, by times. During this past week’s thaw and freezing, some interesting effects were created. Far too many to share in a single post. Ice has formed into a myriad of shapes, forms, and textures.

As I went for a long needed hike today, along the familiar banks of Duffins Creek, a moderately sized creek that runs close to my home, I was greeted by a mix of flowing open water and frozen shorelines. Most of the scenes were fairly typical and not much stood out as unique, until I came to a bend in the creek where the ice had not quite formed yet. It was at that point where it was a very firm slush and still a bit transparent, allowing me to see the blurry outlines of the pebbles below. What made it more interesting, to me, was the chunks of ice included in this natural composition, as well as some trapped bubbles. That, and the beautiful February sunlight that lit the creek bed through the ice.

As I stood there, making the image, I realized that this spot is only a few meters away from where I made my favourite Rainbow Trout image this past spring. This beautiful creek has offered me many lovely memories, and photos, over the past few years.

It seems nature never runs out of unique combinations of elements in her toolkit with which to create artworks. I’m just happy to be able to participate in her latest showing.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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6 Comments on ““What Lies Beneath”

  1. I love these photos of ice and patterns you post, and your accompanying essays. Sometimes I leave them up to contemplate for a while. I often wonder if time is like water, existing in different states, and we’re experiencing time in just one to three of these states. Seeing your photos of ice patterns, I can imagine how time is like structured and patterned, and how we glimpse and experience just a fraction of the pattern, because we are a lens and we only take in where we’re pointed.

    • Thank you so much Michael, and thank you for sharing your thoughts, very well put. Something well worth considering, as we tend to miss a lot of what is in front of us because we are focused on the wrong thing.

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