239 thoughts on “Glassy-Eyed 2: Iced Flora

  1. The first photo really took my breath away…! I love this snow and ice series–Keep warm please, and keep it up! =)

      1. You were FP! How cool is that, Karen. Congrats. 🙂 I just noticed it too late. But anyways, it is so good! 🙂

  2. Growing up in New Hamsphire, we experienced ice covered branches often. I always thought it was so beautiful and when the wind would blow, you could hear the sound of the branches hitting each other. It was very magical.

    Great post!

  3. Once again, Karen, these are fantastic! Nice framing and use of depth of field. Difficult to get good exposure in these conditions, but you managed it well. Nice work!

  4. Karen. This is my first time visiting your blog and all I can say is wow! Your pictures are beautiful and haunting. Some of them, especially this last series and some of the close-up shots made me “uncomfortable” but not in a bad way. I just feel that as an artist you have an innate ability to tap into the deep, quiet, solitary recesses of the human psyche. Your pictures and your perspective are pure poetry.

  5. Wow. That first one made me gasp. These are really lovely.

    I will never forget waking up one morning as a kid in Iowa, looking out the window, and finding that the neighbor’s forsythia bushes were completely encased in ice. The bushes were already in full bloom, so all of those long arcs of little yellow flowers appeared to be crafted of blown glass. Takes my breath away to think about. Wish I’d taken a photo!! Good work with the documentation.

  6. Breath-taking. The basically 2-tone delicacy and simplicity is so richly gorgeous. I’ve been thinking lately about how painting no longer fills the role it once did of documenting people, places, events, and nature. Now, super-up-close photography and microphotography, such as yours, are giving us a much-needed fresh look at the world. Thank you!

    I was going to say that the 4th one looks like a turkey foot, but the most recent post points out the same thing! Actually, to me it looks like a dinosaur (therapod) foot, but turkey or bird is close enough.

  7. I like it when I can feel the blue from the sky in a predominately B&W landscape. Excellent work balancing the light and the depth.

  8. Reblogged this on Maggie Brookes and commented:
    These pictures are great images of a similar phenomenon of mother nature to what happened at my house this past week. New Post on the Pacific Northwest Snow Storm 2012: “Snowy, with a chance of rain, ice, wind, and flooding” coming tomorrow.
    Until soon,
    Maggie B

  9. Wow. Who would have thought that you could find such beauty in something so simple. I love the winter, and you have brought out the exquisite beauty of ice in a way that few would have even noticed, yet alone be able to capture with a camera.

  10. These photographs are great! It makes me want to live in a winter wonderland for the photo opportunities even though I cannot stand the cold. I’m jealous of your work, great job. 🙂

  11. Karen your photos truly made me appreciate my Minnesota winters. I used to go sledding in the hills & would crawl through iced over forests.. We’d get up close & blow on the ice & watch it melt. Haven’t thot @ that in over 25yrs? I think I have some cousins to go reconnect with… thanks for the memories 🙂

  12. It would be hard to take photographs of ice-covered plants that weren’t lovely. Your sense of composition, the depth of field you capture, and the dynamic angles you choose elevate these pictures to from pretty to breathtaking!

  13. This is beautiful! And reminded me so much about those days when I used to get up for school really early and on my way there was a valley of birch trees. And every-time after a rainy night in winter, I would find those trees shining like million diamonds because of the thick ice layer covering them. If it was early enough and the sky was cloudless, I could see the yellows, oranges and reds from the early sun playing among the thin icy branches… I think it’s a similar meaning that I got from watching these pictures 🙂
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    http://www.dressupforme.wordpress.com

  14. Very nice indeed! Did you use a macro lens for these shots? Very creative, and unique. Not seen photography like this before. Congrats on being freshly pressed too 🙂

  15. Great pic’s….I especially enjoyed the QueenAnne’s Lace, which seemed to have a frozen “hand” thrust skyward, entreating “why me?”

    Congrats on being “freshly pressed”!!

    well deserved!

    Kirsty

  16. You’re a macro shooter! I saw your blog in Freshly Pressed and am blown away by the sheer artistic talent and professional skill of your photos. I’m totally gonna follow you. Keep it up! 😉

  17. Great Pictures. Saw a lot of this when the snowstorm hit Seattle. When you’re in paralyzing winter, it’s hard to see the true beauty. Love the photos!

  18. It’s so strange to see these plants looking like ice sculptures! These pictures are excellent, and I feel cold just looking at them. Mesmerising.

  19. These are amazing, Karen! I’ve never seen anything like them! Solid ice covered flora; and the ice looks just like clear glass! I’ve never seen anything like that over here in the windy and wet UK! Of course, we hibernate in weather so cold, so I might have missed them! Great detail, composition, and the colouring is lovely! Another superb set of images!

    Cheers

    John

  20. Look at your comments! How do you get ANYTHING done, just reading them? Anywayyyy; no. 4 is a claw, also appearing agin in no. 6. No. 3 is a couple dancing. The man is graciously bowing to his lady partner. He looks like a gentleman. The last one is something, but now I’ve forgotten. A woman’s hand in long evening gloves? ET saying “Hello” ? Okay, stopping now.:) Amazing!

  21. Once again these are show stoppers. Not surprisingly you have hundreds of comments!!! I thought I was never going to get to the end of them to add my praise of your work.

    I see you are Freshly Pressed. Wonderful. You deserve all the recognition. 😀

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