4.04.2011

Crystalline Colonies


night temperatures drop
moisture in the earth
rises like a phoenix
in the form
of
thin delicate
lacy ice
geometric columns inches in height
breathe gently
amongst this fragile beauty
~




these were taken two days ago
our lovely Spring

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49 comments:

  1. The winter is beautiful. Wonderful photos and the poem as well. Thanks!

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  2. I have to pinch myself: yes, this beauty exists!

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  3. Tammie, you have the most interesting frost and ice out there. I don't see those forms!

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  4. Nature's icy crystals captured so well! I called Bob to have him look at the latest of your ice photos. Magical, Tammie. I like to think of winter moisture rising "like a phoenix." We got 14" of snow overnight (great skiing).

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  5. So pretty...like a miniature Fortress of Solitude :)

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  6. nature is truly spectacular! Isn't it wonderful to have eyes to see such beauty? every day is a gift
    thank you for your lovely photos
    xoxo

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  7. Those first shots are magic! As much as I long for spring now - these photos are wonderful!

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  8. So beautiful, yet still, I wish you warmer weather xxJ

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  9. Lovely details of the crystals - you make ice look beautiful.

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  10. The never ending beauty... The magical transformations in nature... Thank you for showing us your everyday discoveries! I like that the ice can be "lacy" - seen through your eyes, Tammie!

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  11. Lovely shots!
    Your words are so sweet and inspired...

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  12. I love the texture and light ice

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  13. So very beautiful - I guess the Spring part is that the water is flowing? :=}

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  14. Your macros of the ice crystals are absolutely wonderful. I also like your poem.

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  15. A wealth of ice crystals! (And another amazing glimpse into another world). Maybe, though, you are ready to trade them in for something warmer?

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  16. are you happy with the weather?
    We are with your beautiful pictures it gives us!

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  17. T-such beauty-clear and fragile - the cusp of spring offers much - the flicking forward to new growth and backwards to crysaline cold. Enjoy. B

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  18. Breathtaking images Tammie. I'm curious, are clusters of crystals called colonies - or did that come to you? I'm fascinated by the presence of community in nature - the thought of water crystalized in communities makes me feel good!

    Cheers
    Barbara Nigg

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  19. Water metamorphosing,wonderful.

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  20. Wow, Tammy.. these are stunning!

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  21. Hello everyone,
    Thank you for enjoying my icy photography!

    Shannon, I love the line you shared with us "like a miniature Fortress of Solitude". you have shown the power of the small details. Thank you.

    Barbara,
    The use of the word 'colony' was my poetic freedom. sometimes it is hard for me to describe what I find in nature. This beautiful expression of water was only along the waters edge as the creek flowed through the forest, so I thought 'colony' might work.

    I have never seen this beautiful formation before. I have seen geometrical ice on the surface of water such as a creek, pond or lake, but not rising from the earth, 3 inches high and thin and fragile like this was. I was mesmerized. At first i thought it was simply snow or a clump of ice. As I settled in to enjoy the dance of ice floating in the creek I saw it more closely!

    Fragile temporary beauty.

    warmth,
    Tammie

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  22. Your ice photos for this post and the Equinox are beautiful. I will always be amazed by the length of your winter and summer and the quick transitions from the one to the other in spring and autumn. They are pretty much all of equal length here.

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  23. just caught up with all your recent posts tammee lee and I only have one word for it. AMAZING........

    What a treat to see this beauty and read your wonderful words...

    xt

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  24. such wonderful colours....

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  25. Breathtaking, I am amazed at how beautiful ice can be. take care.

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  26. Tammie, that bottom one almost looks like white fur! Nature is so amazing.

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  27. So exquisite and delicate and lovely - just like life itself.

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  28. SPECTACULAR
    GREETINGS FROM SPAIN
    YOU ARE A GREAT ARTIST

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  29. Isn't this amazing! Wow, so pretty and to think ice can be such a work of art. Thanks for sharing this beauty Tammie.

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  30. Are these ice needles? So different when you have them macro.

    We are cooling down too quickly.

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  31. Hiya,
    you are missing out on Spring out there in Montana. Still, you are making the most of the ice beauty.

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  32. I love macro shots of ice crystals, and yours are so beautiful. Your poem goes perfectly with it!

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  33. Ah, the cold flames of that magical, eternal phoenix! Beautifully done.

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  34. Ahhh. Your photos show me one by one why I´d like to leave the city the sooner the better... - and thanks for your nice comment...!

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  35. the ice of spring,so nicely captured,surrounded by new life

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  36. Fascinating work. You are able to find the most unique natural phenomena and then photograph it with the sensitivity of an artist. Beautiful nature.

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  37. Hello, my sweet Friend. When I see your amazing photography I am inspired.

    These faery ice sculptures are so pretty. And I love your poetry. Your poetry is wonderful...there is a special magic in your lovely words.

    ((hugs))

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  38. Magnifiche immagini....
    Buona giornata :)
    Myriam

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  39. Dear Tammie,
    The way you savor each moment inspires me to treasure what is in my backyard...
    Thank you for these amazing photographs.
    I am refreshed.
    Sweet Spring comes to each of us in her own special way.
    Sherry

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  40. beautiful and looks like diamond!

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  41. I love your photos. Always beautiful, but I'm curious, do you ever take pictures of anything other than nature? I bet you'd take some killer food photos!

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  42. Gorgeous photos of cracked ice. They are lacy and look so delicate as they begin to melt away. It is always lovely to read your poetic words and see your magical images.

    I am pleased to here spring is on its way where you are!

    Spring blessings to you my friend and have a good weekend. ;-)
    Jo. xx

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  43. Hello Tammie ...
    Winter has managed to remain creative all the way .... thank you for these crystallines images, clear, pure.
    The details are very fine.
    . A magical moment in delicacy...
    kisses and love..:o)

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  44. Tammie, There is such beauty in this "colony" of crisscrossing ice forms. I do not recall having seen this pattern of ice art before. The myriad structures water can create is truly awesome and your show us so many . . . then heighten our experience with your poetic wisdom. I too find it inspiring how you continue to find beauty in winter gestures, though others are deeply set in blossoms of spring. You never complain but always marvel in the moment.

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  45. ...and each crystal has a unique identity in space and time...just as we do.

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie