Chilly morning frost


I had to run out early this morning, to run some errands. As I was returning, the sky was beginning to lighten and I saw fields frosted white, stretching into the distance and wrapping around a creek that feels the influences of the tide. Though I had places to be, I could not resist, and had to go for a frosty little trek. And I realized I am a pushover when it comes to photographing frosty thistles.

So I suppose icy, pointy things just make me want to take pictures...

So I suppose icy, pointy things just make me want to take pictures…

And I as I was tromping through the frosty, icy muck, a few things passed through my mind- I was very happy that the rich organic mud was to nearly frozen to stink as much as it often does, and secondly that this is what being a photographer is all about. Stopping to create photographs when something catches your eye, simply because you can’t resist, while everyone else keeps driving by, lost in the frenzy or drudgery of daily life.

I'm not  big fan of the invasive Queen Anne's Lace, but it can make for some fun frosty images

I’m not big fan of the invasive Queen Anne’s Lace, but it can make for some fun frosty images

As I walked further I was treated to some gems left by the outgoing tide. Feathers and leaves formed from ice crystals as the water levels dropped, leaving delicate traceries and patterns hanging from the stalks of reeds.

False leaves created by an outgoing tide, getting ready to wither as the suns rays caress them

False leaves created by an outgoing tide, getting ready to wither as the suns rays caress them

It was a good day to stop and smell the ice roses.

Winter blooms

Winter blooms

What is it about ice crystals that draws us in?

What is it about ice crystals that draws us in?

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website- www.galenleeds.net
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11 Responses to Chilly morning frost

  1. These are wonderful!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  2. Alice Glass says:

    These are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. janechese says:

    “I could not resist”…spoken like a true photographer. And i am glad you didn’t because you have some lovely captures here.

  4. Such beautiful images and such true words. I so understand that irresistible desire. Driving past frosted fields, I had to stop and capture the moment, which also included frosted Queen Anne’s lace (thanks for the identification, because I did not know what I’d taken a picture of :)). I’ve never seen false leaves before. Wow! I’m so glad you did stop and share what you couldn’t pass by.

  5. Such magical forms; I suppose part of the fascination is that ice and snow make us feel like we’re in a winter wonderland of myth and fairy tale.

  6. namajam says:

    These are some great captures! Never leave home without your camera.

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