A Closer Look at Ice

Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins

Something different happened earlier this month.  The lake froze.  Not that common around here, but it does happen.

I’ve never thought that much about ice.  I try to avoid it as much as possible.  We lived across the road from a lake before we moved here.  It would freeze and people would cut holes in the ice for ice fishing.  Other than falling on ice and putting cubes in my iced tea, that was about all I knew about ice.

But around here there is time.  Time to walk and time to really look at things.

One morning while walking along the lake I looked down and noticed the water had frozen in waves as it reached the shore.  Cool!  Then I noticed that the ice was not all the same.  Different patches where I was walking had frozen differently, creating different textures and patterns.

 

Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins

Later in the day I went back to the lake with my camera and took some pictures, focusing on capturing texture.  The only thing I worried about in composition was how I included the ice.

Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins

At one point I went out on the dock, held my arm straight out over the water with the camera facing down and took a shot.  The result was a stepping stone type of pattern in the ice.

Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins                                                                                                                                  I’m not sure what I will do with the pictures but they may contribute in some way to my art.  I do know that the act of taking them has forever changed the way I look at ice.

Take a minute to really look at something you may take for granted.  What you see might surprise you, it might even change you.

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