There and Not There February 18, 2014 | drawandshoot Shadows and snow angels. I am relatively certain these little snow angels are made by the ‘spring birds’ (robins) who have heroically stayed for the endless winter. © Karen McRae, 2014 Share this:SharePinterestEmailTumblrFacebookTwitterLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Related
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These are truly fantastic – I don’t think I’ve seen anything like the snow angels you’ve photographed here. (We get ‘ghosts’ on our windows occasionally where a bird has flown into them.)
Thank you, Stephen. They are sort of sweet little wing sweeps, aren’t they? There were lots of them where the robins spend time at the open creek – I found them difficult to photograph, though. Yes, we have had an owl ‘ghost’ on our window, fortunately it was okay!
Thanks so much!
Amazing, Karen. As always.
Thanks very much, David. : )
Karen, your eye always finds the small beauty that is so easy to miss, these frozen bird wings are such a special find..your photographs always lift me up, thankyou! X
That’s so nice to hear, Cath, thank you. Lifted up by frozen wings…. X
I can’t tell by the size, but that almost looks like a bird of prey landing to catch something in the snow . . .
. . . but if it’s small, probably not. Besides, if you see robins pounce on snow, then you know for sure. Are they just misjudging the height, or are they grabbing something?
They are robin-sized markings, but I understand why you would suggest a bird of prey. I often see the robins perched on the ground and I suspect that because the snow is so deep and soft that they sink into it a bit and when they take off (or land) their wings brush the snow.
Glad to read this—I was wondering how these came to be!
LIttle perfections of presence and impermanence . So very lovely.
Everyone does their own mark making! : )
How lovely Karen.. beautifully captured as always.. 🙂
I like the delicate nature of the wing forms. Thank you, Adrian.
Cool. Never saw that before now.
I think that fresh soft snow is just the right canvas, I don’t imagine you see much snow where you are now. : )
Thank you, Allen.
That is amazing, love it!!
I thought they were cool markings too. Thanks for your comment!
That is such a beautiful picture…so perfect, and something I have never imagined before.
A bit of snow magic, I guess. Thanks very much, Randall.
um, i am in love. that first photo karen… seriously stunning!!!!
It was a lovely find, all these miniature snow angels. I’m glad you like them, Jessica, thank you!
really nice angels!
Creative little robins! : )
I have seen more snow angels from bigger birds, catching mouse or something. This is a good series again, Karen.
Yes, I’ve seen that too, Bente. Thanks very much!
Cute little ghosts.
So beautiful! Little bird angels. Love these!
Wow Karen you’ve done it again. How you always notice and capture such beauty is beyond me, you’re so talented.
Awesome these “shadows and snow angels!! I’love de birds.
Wonderful – love love love the snow angels – I can imagine how difficult they are to photograph – have never seen anything like them before – just wonderful, Karen – K
Love the shadow play and impressions. You’re a photo-taking goddess!
Interesting. I’ve never seen these kind of snow angels before.
lovely. i didnt know robins cared to make snow angels 🙂
Spectacular documentary art-film/nature hybrid presentation. And lovely images.
The snow angel is so beautiful, wow !
How magical, I have never seen anything like this before, thank you …
Wow! Love the snow angels!
Yes, they have left the imprints of their angel wings! I love how you describe them. Snow angels; how beautiful! 🙂
At first I thought there was a little fallen body in the snow, then realised the marks are concave not convex. What beautiful marks they make, the air must be so still to let them stay, making such perfect silhouettes. The middle photo is lovely too, those long cool shadows.
The little snow angels are so pretty, but my favourite this time is the image of the robins themselves. It’s a wonderful composition and looks so good as a circle. In fact the composition is so good that I wonder if you are a bird whisperer and if you asked them very nicely to position themselves thus. 🙂
Beautiful – like first attemts at swimming in snow.
I like the bird impressions, Karen – your robins are quite different – bigger for one thing – than our’s, but they’re all thrushes. But I really like that second image down – that’s very delicate, and a joy to behold! Adrian
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This is the kind of thing one feels privileged to have seen. Lovely.
Such a fun find. I have never seen anything like that. The delicate wing prints are beautiful and it was a treat to see the robbins. I can’t remember the last time a robbin has crossed my path. Beautiful, Karen.
Wow, natures beauty! I’ve actually never seen that before. Thanks for sharing!
I LOVE the birds’ snow angels! I’ve never seen them before, but of course it makes sense that that’s what would happen. I learn something new every time I come here! 🙂
Remarkable and beautiful, Karen. Hope to see these snow angels myself one day and photograph them.
Fleeting impressions of the birds… The title is very appropriate… Beautiful.