Cold enough for a rebirth of frost.
Shards assembling themselves
like a phoenix rising from damp ashes.
Cold enough for all-day sundogs
those almost rainbows – a compass around the sun.
in the bright rays
Cold enough to feel
until you go
© Karen McRae, 2014
99 thoughts on “Cold Enough”
Beautiful captures and words… 🙂
Thank you, Andy!
That last one looks like a lady trying to swim away from a pack of dogs . . .
. . . by the way, can I buy your window?
Ha, ha, Emilio. : )
It’s a bit cold for swimming! And considering the temperature I think I better keep the window…
Don’t know if you noticed, but you had neglected to name your ice sculptures . . . and I have nothing better to do.
Great post especially the frost on the glass images.
Thank you, Nick. When it is sunny the frost photographs quite nicely. I’m glad you like them.
You’re welcome Karen they are quite beautiful.
The frost on the glass reminds me of a type of Asian art…captivating. And I like the words, too, feeling so cold, so alive…wonderful, Karen.
Yes, I know what you mean about the ‘Asian art’ sense of the frost. I think their art is very attuned to nature.
Thanks for your comment, Scott. : )
Most welcome…. 🙂
Thank you, Nawfal!
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Hi Yoshizen! : )
Cool photos, Karen.
Although I heard reference to Sun Dogs before (The Deer Hunter) I never really knew what they were till this post.
Yes, literally cool! : ) Thanks very much, Allen.
The sundog was quite faint, only truly visible with a polarizing filter, but still sort of neat looking. I included a link in case someone wanted to look it up!
I will have to look up The Deer Hunter!
Thank you friend for sharing this article quite interesting, hopefully we all get real happiness yamg rays began to warm our hearts and make the heart glad, when we can share it with sincere to each other. Affectionate greetings from Gede Prama 🙂 🙂
Thanks very much!
To me, this was like reading and watching music. I don’t know what kind of music, but something light, almost fragile. I think that goes to say that not only are the images and words beautiful in themselves, but something more happens when they come together.
I love your response, Gunilla, thank you!
Love your beautiful poem, Karen, and especially the pictures of the water — gorgeous!
Thanks, Neely. The water was so beautiful – unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod with me so I wasn’t sure the longer exposures would work with my “elbow tripod”, they worked okay but I’ll have to go back in different light.
Brilliant.. your words and photos match so very well.. I love the landscape in that first one Karen..
The way the frost grows into complicated landscapes intrigues me. Thanks, Helen, that’s very kind. : )
Thank you! : )
Thanks, Chris! Winter has its inspiring moments.
Karen, wow, the cold inspires you, so beautiful words, something important happens here ! ;O)
Thanks very much, Anik! Yes, I love the way the cold shifts the landscape, like temporary art installations in some ways.
White with all its nuances. Not so cold, as it seems. Great pictures. All together.
Oh, it’s been pretty cold! -28C last night, but maybe -20C when I made these. Yes, so many possibilities with white. Thank you.
Your pictures are like long lost dreams Karen, so beautiful 🙂
Hi Mike, thank you. I like fleetingness of some of the visual things that transpire in the winter. It motivates me to get out in some pretty nasty weather! : )
Thank you, Jim!
I’m glad you think so, Alicia, thank you!
Wonderful shots! We can like winter when is so beautiful as a dream of ice and sun!
And so lovely the words! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Hi Kristel, thank you for your comment, it’s appreciated.
Hoha! Thank you!! Your lovely words and pictures of the cold do my heart warm… 🙂 Talking about living strong in all feelings, also the cold, feel strong – LIVE! Have a wonderful day today! ❤
Thanks, Gro! Yes, the cold is invigorating! : )
Thank you, Mimo.
This set is not just showing it is saying like a winter poem!
Karen I am an admirer of your work. Pictures are always beautiful and delicate and I love them.
Stunning images (as usual) – I love the delicacy of all your images.
Karen, Not only stunning images of cold, but a beautiful presentation of them along with your words. The first frost image looks like a landscape in ice crystals. Beautiful post.
that water just takes my breath away….turner meets blake and beyond…such a spiritual treatment of the physical…& of course love the frost artifacts also.
A most excellent post Karen, enjoy your weekend. MM 🍀
In the first frost photo the ice formation looks like gnarly trees in a Chinese painting. Amazing!
And if your images are not exquisite enough, your words propel them into unknown orbits of europa.
lovely, lovely, lovely – hoping for it to warm up on the weekend!
Outstanding!!! Love these!
Oh it’s MORE then cold enough for me, I’m wishing for the heat and humidity of summer when I wake up to -6C here with wind that feels like razor blades cutting through you.
Excellent images Karen but looks cold.
wonderful karen, the sundog is great 😉
These are so beautiful especially the window crystals. Did you get the comment I left on this post? https://drawandshoot.me/2013/09/15/another-monochromatic-gelatinous-post/
About using it in the Woven Tale Press? Hope to hear back from you. We’re always looking for the different and striking and that is a particularly interesting and provocative post.
Hi Sandra, thank you very much.
No, I don’t see a comment from you for that particular post. Maybe it ended up in the spam folder?
I think that would be okay if you want to include that post in the Woven Tale Press.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com with the details. Thanks for your interest!
The photographs of the river are beautiful Karen. Your images have been a great encouragement to get out into our unusually bitter temperatures to look for the beauty that only appears below zero. Thank you!
The top pictures in circles look like Chinese brush paintings, little landscapes. The textures in the last three are wonderful, so tactile! Sun dog – what a great expression!
“Cold enough to feel alive.” Excellent Karen. Beautiful words and pictures.
Simply gorgeous as always Karen! 🙂
The water shots are sublime. Simply gorgeous!
Thanks for the lesson.
Looking at this moving work I have realised how much I still have to learn.
Just beautiful. The whole post works in unison so so well, Karen. I love the images, your words, and the subtle design that ties it all together. One of my favourites!
simply gorgeous, the words and the photos!
totally cool 🙂
I marvel at the magic of nature in the frost images and your words enhance the pictures beautiful;ly.
Great details and Japanese style framing. The water is captured well, looks soft and almost has a painterly feel, especially if one can notice the figures.
Wonderful series. I can feel the cold here.
Cold enough to stop breath—
but no, that happened upon happening upon
your imagery, seen and heard.
Not chilling; thrilling.
Great posts, lovely images and words
The first four shots with the icy “trees” are outstanding, but the following ones starting with the bird in the sundog and following with the cold enough texts/pics make me feel confortably numb!
The dragons!!! And the birds and the smoke. I think you just wrote a visual poem up there, Karen.
The photos of the water are sublime !
A beautiful post from the too to the bottom.
Exquisitely captured winter details. Something so beautiful about the icey cold. Thank-you!!!
Oh! So lovely! Your pictures are like movies now, a film I don’t want to end, 🙂
Not sure I can express anything that others haven’t said already, but wanted to say how beautiful and poetic your work is. I’ve really enjoyed looking through some of your posts.
Amazing photos 😀
these are stunning I am sorry I missed them until now
Love the words and the images are stunning as always!
WOW! Amazing photos!
Thanks very much, Inge.
My birthday. It was very cold I see 🙂
January 23rd is your Birthday? It was VERY cold!
Yes, my birthday. I wanted to see did you make a photos then 😉 Nowadays in Poland winter is usually bad… Not much snow, only fog and smog… (although I like fog!)