Each Day Takes a Different Shape February 8, 2013February 8, 2013 | drawandshoot Another look at the diminutive winter garden composing itself on a window. Growing then withering. Vapourizing and reforming. *Click on images to view sharper details of the window frost. © Karen McRae, 2013 Share this:SharePinterestEmailTumblrFacebookTwitterLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Related
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this is wonderful!
Thank you, Cristian!
Did these shapes truly form on their own?
They really do. It’s quite astonishing isn’t it?
Of course! Nature’s powers coupled with your keen eye works wonders!
It looks like the Chaos theory operating in the Micro-climate between two
window grasses isn’t it ? = one flap of butterfly-wings changes the weather pattern.
Really fascinating series of photos. (Capturing the invisible dancing ghost ?)
= Beautifully captured !
Yes, between 2 window panes. It would be its own micro-climate. Perfect for this sort of garden. : )
Thank you, Yoshizen.
If you’ll pardon the pun – these are really cool!
Ha! : )
Thank you, Stephen. It is pretty cool here..
The first one looks like an argent emblem…
Yes, I suppose it does…
Karen – these are just incredible! Down here in Texas, we don’t see frost like this, so it starts out feeling surreal to me. And your photographs, so delicate and detailed, make it even more surreal. I can’t stop looking at them!
Melinda, I guess I’m just as enamoured with them because I’ve photographed them over and over. I’m glad you enjoy them so much. Thank you!
Karen – your work is so different from mine and that’s one reason I am drawn to it. I shoot things I think of as “heavy” like old buildings, while your images are always so ethereal. I am still interested in purchasing a print or two….but I just can’t seem to narrow it down enough to make a commitment!
That second one especially, I think.
Your backgrounds are so beautiful…I think of damask table linens, embroidered in delicate white on white designs. So truly elegant! Cut glass and silverware implied as well. Wedding, coronation, state dinner…better yet, aboard an ocean liner! What a marvelous ambiance!
Ah, that’s a great stream of consciousness reaction. Love it. Bring on the ocean liner!
Fabulous images – pure cut crystal glass.
It does look like that for sure. Thanks, Louis!
They are amazingly beautiful. It means it is very cold also in your place, Karen.. 😉
Yes, we’ve had lots of cold days, Bente. And today, a lot of snow, and cold. It makes for an interesting photography, anyway. Thank you, Bente.
I take my hat off! Brilliant work!
Thanks very much! : )
Where is the “Love” button so that I can click on it?, “LIKE”, just won’t do!
Thanks very much! : )
There’s so much beauty in this art, in nature. You take it to another level Karen 🙂
That’s kind, Marina. Thank you, I am awed by some of the things that nature comes up with!
hey karen, come on, how did you do this? this is not real… but really really beautiful 😉
I wish I was that creative! Thank you.
Must be some sort of providence: to keep you from wandering out in the blistering cold, it brings such lovely subjects directly to your home. Thanks for sharing this incredible display.
I don’t really mind the blistering cold if I’m dressed properly. At least in short bursts! Thanks for your kindness, Alessandro.
I always loved your riverside pictures but these are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the effort and time you put into these and thanks for sharing.
Hi Wally, thanks for your comment. Much appreciated!
I don’t think I’ve seen this for years – I used to live in colder places. As a child I remember studying the frost patterns on the windows. It makes me think that people living several centuries ago, without all the distractions we have, might have seen this and gathered inspiration for designs for buildings, fabric, illustration, etc. Now I think a lot of the inspiration for design comes from images people see on the internet . This is one inspiring group of images! Thank you for photographing these.
Thanks for your comments. These type of forms have definitely inspired many over the ages.
Just gorgeous, Karen! You know, if someone presented me with a set of your images without your name attached, I think I would be able to identify them as yours! Well, you know I think your photographs are unique, beautiful, visually stunning and you have a distinct style and colour set of your own!
I am glad I did yet not often comment here, as I’d long ago run out of superlatives.Your photos are almost always a great pleasure for my eyes. Thank you.
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Wow! I first thought these were etched or painted.
Awesome captures! Well done Karen!
Isn’t nature just wonderful!
Wow. Simply gorgeous Karen. How nice it would be to have these permanently etched into glass. I think a craftsmen would be hard pushed to match nature’s handiwork though. Brilliantly captured as always. I love the hint of blue.
Love the way you frame these, Karen. Context makes art out of them.
Looks like elaborate etchings. Absolutely stunning!
Fractal Nature! Pattern recognition. Lots for the eye to dwell upon. 🙂
Very, very nice . . . Next time we have a cold snap, I’m cranking up the humidity in the house . . . although I don’t remember my frost looking this good.
Beautiful figures! Just lovely.
I LOVE these! This is one of the few things I miss about snowy winters — the beautiful designs on the windows. Wonderful series of photos, Karen.
Karen, these are perhaps more striking than the last series! The second one especially catches my eye. The lighting is excellent. Is it just natural backlighting through the window?
Beautiful … again! 🙂
such charismatic little phenomena – thanks for sharing them.
A delicate, fragile, beauty….is there any other kind?
What a beautiful description, Karen… “a diminutive winter garden.”
Your images are stunning in both their detail, and at the same time their simplicity.
Breathtaking objects and pictures!
Art Nouveau as temporary frozen tattoos – they look alive!
Incredible! I can’t believe they are what they are..
Awesome…looks like finely cut crystal.
These really are amazing Karen! To me they look like rare glass etchings from another century! 🙂
These are wonderful! My first thought was these patterns would make beautiful embroidery silk fabric patterns.
You transform winter into an ethereal vision!!
I can’t add much that hasn’t already been said.
You pictures never fail to please me, Karen.
Beautiful forms, very nicely prsented, Karen. Nature is great.
Gorgeous frost series.
The minute and beauty of winter is never lost on you and that is a very good thing for the rest of us. Simply beautiful!
Echoing others – these are surreal and haunting images.
A veritable forest of frost..
Karen… I’m seriously looking for a way to hit the like button more than once. These are exquisitely delicate and beautiful.
Wow. Amazing piece of work! really inspiring…
Love your frost series. Love the detail.
Really really like these. Simply wonderful
Amazing art from nature! Great photos, Karen!
Thank you, everyone, for all your kind comments!
These are fantastic…and no two are alike!
Fabulous work Karen. Every little crinkle and colour. Just stunning.
Thank you, Anette!
A superb set of images Karen, as I think Louis said – cut glass.
Thanks very much, David.
I like living in a warm climate, but one thing I miss from childhood winters in New York is the forms of frost on windows.
Frost has quite an imagination. I guess you are familiar with this climate then – you have lived not far from here.