Water is an element in many kinds of photographs. We are fascinated by dew and rain drops and their contributions to interesting images – especially the refractions and colors that are sometimes captured. Ice may be solid but it provides interesting abstracts. Also, icicles are available in winter when many of our other favorite subjects are not.
When icicles form they may have growth rings or layers of varying thicknesses formed as water slides down, expanding and extending the shaft. As a result icicles may reflect, refract and transmit light in surreal ways. These three were hanging from a blue metal table near a brick wall with snow on the ground nearby. There were light and shadowed areas on table, wall and snow. By focussing on the patterns in the icicle with a shallow depth of field, the resulting image becomes an abstract piece of art rather than just a photograph of icicles.
As the winter solstice approaches, we look for more winter image opportunities. The moon eclipse overnight tomorrow is likely to be covered by snow clouds according to the weather forcast. Sometimes missing a grand opportunity encourages us to look closer to home. Perhaps we should find some more ice.