Frost Nouveau


Finding beauty in the cold. I bundled up and took my camera out for a walk but the fresh window frost seemed to hold the most intrigue. It is lovely too, along the river’s edge where the water moves so fast that the cold can’t hold it still. It seems like a good time to make soup!


© Karen McRae, 2017

Dancing Thread 

I don’t remember ever seeing one of these corn-silk-like worms before but the diminutive flickering of its dance caught my eye somehow. This creature appears to be close to 4 inches long and no thicker than a couple of millimetres. It seems likely it’s a Nematomorpha or what is commonly called a horsehair worm or Gordian worm. It looks fairly harmless but the larval form of this worm leads a bizarre parasitic life…  


© Karen McRae, 2017

Craft (Felted Fossil Stones)


Perhaps not the usual photography I post here but I’ve been quite busy making. These are a few of the wet felted ‘fossil stones’ I’ve been working on lately (they also double as pin cushions!). The gastropod and trilobite forms have been needle felted onto the rocks near the end of the wet felting process. Lots of fun to make.  : )


© Karen McRae, 2017



After the (Freezing) Rain

glazedflora1An ice crowned seed head from my garden.

Tiny icicles on the brink of melting away.

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