After the (Freezing) Rain

glazedflora1An ice crowned seed head from my garden.

Tiny icicles on the brink of melting away.
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Mosaic patterns forming on the flora as the ice crowns begin to surrender to the warmth of the sun.
glazedflora7How quickly we can shift here from powdered snow, to rain, to freezing rain and back again.

© Karen McRae, 2017

Birds Falling like Leaves off Trees

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Starlings at Dusk 1
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Starlings at Dusk 2 (GIF)

The first real snow came yesterday and in late afternoon a large flock of starlings were braving the wet snow and wind, grazing the tops of trees and  falling like leaves from branches.

(I hope the GIF isn’t too annoying, it would be nice to be able to click on it and make it stop! Oh well…)

© Karen McRae, 2016

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Sketching the Spring Landscape

SpringRoadsideSketch3SpringRoadsideSketch6SpringRoadsideSketch7SpringRoadsideSketch2SpringRoadsideSketch1Camera play: Photographs made from a moving car using  a  ‘point and shoot’ camera (Olympus Tough TG4) and polarized sun glasses as an improvised filter. It’s not very green here yet but we are getting there.

 

(click on smaller images for a gallery view)

© Karen McRae, 2016

A Residual Winter Breath (2)

RiverIce_Sculpture4There was a small taste of spring here before winter came back to to say its goodbyes. The cold and strong winds of a few days ago have fashioned some icy sculptures along the river’s edge and on this quiet morning a thin layer of fresh ice was singing and straining under the stirring of a waking river. Later today we are promised snow and the landscape will transform temporarily yet again. As much as I find these transformations fascinating and lovely to photograph, I think I am quite ready for real spring. RiverIce_Sculpture7RiverIce_Sculpture8RiverIce_Sculpture9RiverIce_Sculpture10RiverIce_Sculpture11RiverIce_Sculpture5

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Above images: The Aftermath, April 06, 2016
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Above image : Wind & Waves, April 03,16.

Below: click on image to open gallery view.

© Karen McRae, 2016