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Iced in rather than snowed in.

By saltireblue    
Well, it sure has been a while since I bothered you all.
It's been a case of circumstances, circumstances, circumstances. (Beginning to sound like a reality tv programme now!Sad

Many thanks to Rob (Rock) and Jason (jasonrwl) and Neil(Wigan) who all made the fatal mistake of PM'ing me to find out where I was, and were subjected to the blow by blow story of why I have been more or less absent for so many weeks.

Anyway, we have been enjoying days of darkness and not a lot of sun this winter. Normally it snows a lot and then the sun comes out, but this winter the big yellow warm thingy in the sky has gone AWOL, so it has just been snowing a lot.
A couple of weeks ago the weather went bananas and the temperature climbed above zero. This was enough to start an early thaw which lasted all of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 32 seconds. Just enough, in other words, for water to drip from the house roof and on to a bush below. The result was quite fascinating as the water must have been semi-liquid and encased the twigs and must have frozen almost instantly. The coming growth season's buds can be clearly seen encapsulated within the ice.
Well I thought it was a pretty cool effect.
Many thanks for looking, I am off to do some commenting and get into the swing of things again.

Oh yes...Happy Belated New Year to one and allGrin


Edit: V1 was taken towards the sun, the other two facing the house wall, hence the difference in bg colour.

Tags: Flowers and plants Bush Iced in I said Id be back Frozen H2O

Voters: Meheecho, SlowSong, Franko59 and 29 more

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Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 3:22PM
Three unusual I ages that are very effective v2 and3 are excellent

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
20 Jan 2013 3:25PM
How wonderful. I've never seen anything like these branches encased in ice before. Three beauties, but V3 for me.
Franko59 6 3 2 England
20 Jan 2013 3:25PM
Three fabulous images,great stuff!,,regards Ian
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
20 Jan 2013 3:30PM
looks lollies GrinGrinGrinGrin
just beautiful three great shots good close up. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
20 Jan 2013 3:51PM
I haven't seen an effect like this where twigs become encased in an icy coating, but it has provided an interesting photographic opportunity: I like V 2 the best b/o the whorls and patterns in the ice and the way the light is catching on it.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 3:52PM
Love all these, Malc, probably prefer V1 for the sheer zingggggg! of the light.
I shovelled snow for an hour this morning; due to the solid dull grey of the sky there were no photos to be had, but it's a convivial enough thing to do as all the blokes (and one or two ladies) living at our end of the cul-de-sac share the work out. Moira and I did manage a morning at Tanfield Railway a fortnight ago which accounts for some at least of my recent uploads, and we had a clear hour on January 1st, but the rest has passed in semi-darkness.
I just knew this would happen; it explains why I seldom indulge in multiple uploads: I like to keep a recent archive for a snowy day!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 4:04PM
These reminds me of paperweights with flowers trapped for ever in glass.
You had good light, it's what we are craving. There's a ruined Norman castle, standing amid snowy pine trees, half an hour's walk away but I doubt that I'd see it through the gloom.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
20 Jan 2013 4:15PM
A glass encased tree-- perfectly photographed-- I hope all is melted now-- andnot much damage was done!

We get this fairly often during the "winter months"--- once so heavy it collapsed the roof of an out building!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 4:29PM
SUPERB what a cold spell you have had
3 wonderful images
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 4:53PM
Most definitely is a cool effect Malc - never seen anything like that. Great stuff
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 4:57PM
Three quite superb images. One of our other members uploaded a very similar image to these earlier on today. As with these I was somewhat amazed.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 5:58PM
Three absolutely fascinating images, beautifully taken of course.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Jan 2013 2:24PM
I thought you'd gone into hibernation, Malc! Wink Welcome back, and what a beautiful set of icy images too Smile
Trev Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2013 4:33PM
I had wondered why I hadnt seen any of your images...........................
I have missed the laughs..................... Not laughing at your images you understandWinkWink Well not until after I have logged offGrinGrin
Excellent set of images Malc!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
21 Jan 2013 4:40PM
Coool A fine capture Malcolm and happy new year.
Tibetan 6 3 England
21 Jan 2013 5:14PM
Brilliant Malcolm, not seen anything like that before! three very clear unusual images love the three, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinWink
21 Jan 2013 5:52PM
A brilliant trio Malc, very well taken and nicely lit. Smashing!

John Smile
Another of Mother Nature's little tricks caught to perfection. The explanation is wonderfully detailed too. Let's hoe the bush continues to grow when it becomes defrosted and you do too my friend. I'm having similar problems over here too. Short days and long sleeps, neve enough daylight and it's always gone by the time I get where it should have been.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 6:15PM
incredible images
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
24 Jan 2013 10:53PM
It is a very cool effect - branches encased in ice - we had something similar in Houston one year when it seemed to rain ice! Crystal clear ice and not a sign of the Oslo smog in the water that dropped on the branches Wink

Happy New Year to you also.

Suehh 11 39 6 England
31 Jan 2013 10:11PM
Gosh Malc - these are so beautiful! I would hang all three on a wall - such lovely, lovely images

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