Montana Outdoors

February 8, 2008

Icicle art

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 10:41 am

Last night my computer was, shall I say, not a whole lot of fun to work with. While taking a break after I finished reducing to writing a special curse I had eloquently and meticulously prepared for the 136th through the 270th generations of the descendents of Bill Gates (the first 135 generations having been treated lavishly in the previous night’s literary masterpiece), and wondering exactly what would constitute the crime in strangling every individual who was ever even remotely involved with the coding of FireFox (especially those who were instrumental in writing the error message about proxy servers), I began to wonder also what an icicle would look like in a middle-of-the-night close-up photograph. I’m sure we have all had similar late night mental meanderings, although I swear this particular one was not even slightly alcohol related; nope, not a drop.

Here’s how that thought turned out:

Icicle art

Since I shot it from outside in the dark looking in toward the house, the ice picked up the flash-illuminated green of the painted fascia board and the orange of the cedar siding in what I would call, for lack of understanding exactly why it put the colors where it did, a random pattern; nothing profound, but mildly pleasing, to my eye at least.

Well now, fair is fair. Despite a very distinguished lack of success in that effort, shooting from outside in, it still remained to give equal time to the opposition, and so I shot another one, from inside out. Well, not from inside the house exactly, but from jammed up against the wall looking out toward a pitch black night. After all, you don’t do stuff like this before midnight, now do you?

And here’s how that effort turned out:

Icicle art

I suppose, after the right amount of very expensive therapy (and yes, I do mean The Famous Grouse this time), that shot might be awarded an “interesting” ribbon, and while I think even that might be too generous, I would take it. However, it did lead to a photo I really like. It’s a much closer look at a very small section of the previous photo.

Icicle art

It gives me cause to begin the formation of an opinion that jewelry doesn’t always have to be expensive. Personally, I prefer this kind.

(Even though the computer is running slightly better at the moment, I plan to leave the curses in effect.)


  1. I agree, diamonds may be forever but those icicles are beautiful:)


    Comment by bookbabie — February 8, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  2. now THAT is cool!


    Comment by silken — February 8, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  3. Nice pics. I like the second one best.

    Firefox rules, Microsoft drools.


    Comment by Patia — February 8, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  4. bookbabie,

    I guess, like a lot of other things, a real close look brings something interesting. Thanks for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  5. silken,

    See, now don’t you wish you had icicles in south Texas?


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  6. Patia,

    Thanks for visiting! Yes, you normally wouldn’t think an icicle would have that much going on, would you?

    (Actually, I really like Firefox…except for that thing it does every once in awhile about proxy servers.)


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  7. I like taking pictures of ice, too – guess we’re both easily amused. These are great. A suggestion for you: if you have a laser pointer, the ice does really cool things with the light bouncing around inside.


    Comment by wolf — February 8, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  8. I don’t have a pointer, but I have a couple of laser levels. I’ll try one of them! Thanks! (You’re right about being easily amused.)


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

  9. I bet a close up of my diamond wouldn’t be nearly as pretty….I will look ice differently from now on! Thanks!


    Comment by Sandy — February 8, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  10. Sandy,

    I took these photos just to see what I would get. The lens can sometimes produce pleasant surprises, and show things I wouldn’t otherwise see. I was pleased with these, and, like you, I will look a little closer at ice now.


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

  11. Wow, that is really something. The patterns from the colors reflecting in the icicle are really interesting. I never would have thought to take a picture of an icicle in the middle of the night. 🙂 Great pictures!


    Comment by ak_adventurer — February 8, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  12. Alaska Adventurer,

    When I mentioned I wondered about an icicle, it was a strange one, an offshoot of another one, but rectangular and quite small. Just as I was about to press the shutter, it dropped off and shattered. Then I turned to another which showed just a slight tint of color. That’s how it started. Now there’s something new to thin k about!


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  13. I absolutely love all three photos. Abstract, great color, nice compositions… Worth the effort, for sure!


    Comment by winterwoman — February 9, 2008 @ 6:24 am

  14. Just a rather subtle look at more of the beauty of winter. Now that spring is getting closer I’m looking forward to it, but also I’m starting to regret the approaching end of winter.


    Comment by montucky — February 9, 2008 @ 9:42 am

  15. Are you sure you didn’t go to the store with Wolf?

    Whatever you did to create this curiosity, please, keep doing it.


    Comment by Pinhole — February 9, 2008 @ 9:46 am

  16. Montucky! That middle shot looks like a body, arms and all! Or is it just me? Oh dear, I hope it’s not just me.

    I do like the icicle shots though. If it warms up just a bit, I think I’ll give a few a try.

    BTW, the commentary was quite a fun read, too.


    Comment by barbara — February 9, 2008 @ 11:51 am

  17. The first struck me as a tree trunk, the second, yes, a woman’s body – and the third is just plain fun!! I love to do closeups but haven’t had the luck with the colors as you have. These are gorgeous!


    Comment by marilyn — February 9, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  18. Pinhole,

    No, I didn’t, but I think maybe I should have! Next time!


    Comment by montucky — February 9, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  19. Barbara,

    No, it isn’t just you. I also thought the same thing. I’ll try more too, but we’ve momentarily lost our icicles (the weatherman forecast a spell of sub-zero weather here, upon which the temperature shot up to 41º). There will be more before spring!


    Comment by montucky — February 9, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

  20. Thank you for visiting, Marilyn!

    I’ve found that when doing closeups that the lens will sometimes see things that I wouldn’t have imagined or in a way that is surprising. (Thank goodness for digital!) The colors turned out to be a big, rather unexpected, bonus.


    Comment by montucky — February 9, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  21. “It gives me cause to begin the formation of an opinion that jewelry doesn’t always have to be expensive. Personally, I prefer this kind.”

    I’m in complete agreement. Fabulous shots and yes the last one does justice to the beauty of of ice. Way cool!


    Comment by aullori — February 10, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  22. Thanks, Lori! Another gift to us from Mother Nature.


    Comment by montucky — February 10, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

  23. We love these icicles don’t we? Lots of comments. I wish I could capture those images. I am in awe of your ability. It will have to remain your area of expertise and not mine. I think thee icicles are among your most creative shots. I like the trains a lot too. You are just good.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — February 10, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

  24. Thanks, nouveaufauves!

    I guess I just love the ice. Rain, ice, and snow have always seemed magical to me. I find rain and snow to be very peaceful and reassuring. I’m glad that you, too, find them pretty!


    Comment by montucky — February 11, 2008 @ 12:00 am

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