Ice Sculpture of the Natural Kind

Egads…I have been trying to post this entry for hours and hours! But, the call of family has taken precedence and my photos have remained “parked” all day!

This morning, I rushed outside with my camera; as we were leaving for the mall yesterday, I spotted some ice formations in the stream. I love taking pictures of ice. Okay, you realize I am exceedingly fond of winter and snow, and now ice, as well. (how could we enjoy hockey without ice?)

When I took the Scottie boys outside this morning, it was drizzling rain and even though the temperature was above freezing, the chill felt as though it was biting at me.  I could hardly wait for daybreak, as I was afraid the warmer temperature would ruin the little sculptures I had spotted in the drainage ditch.


The photo below is my favorite! Although I don’t remember seeing ice in Japanese pictures, there is something that reminds me of perhaps a Japanese painting? Maybe it is the ripples in the water and the ice formations that look like tiny inverted parasols….



Ben came outside to see what I was doing. When I told him about the cool ice formations in the ditches and stream bed, he informed me I had to follow him down to the “waterfall”. When the kids were younger, they used to play in the stream all the time. They reshaped it, built dams in it, and just had some great times playing in it.

I followed Ben down to the front of our property to the waterfall…Ben was right. There were some really spectacular formations hidden along the water’s course.


There was a big matt of oak leaves that had been encrusted in a thick coating of ice.


The photo below is the waterfall, “proper”. The kids changed the water’s pathway, forming what they believed to be a more stunning “drop”. It really is quite pretty! Please take note of that large flat rock sitting at the very top of the waterfall….as you can see, it is angled downward rather steeply…..


Ben hopped down below into the drainage ditch along the side of the road. It is quite deep and getting down there proved to be just a little too challenging for me. I was still attired in my new Scottie pajamas and blue Crocs.  Heaven forbid I would slip and fall and break an ankle or some such thing. If anyone saw me dressed in such a manner, taking photos, they just might take me to new accommodations, including padded walls!  After all, not everyone appreciates the need to move on the opportuntity to take photos on the spur of a moment!

Instead of joining Ben, I very carefully handed him my camera and he took some very nice shots!


I suddenly got this really terrific idea. As I explained, Ben looked at me as though I really had lost all of my marbles! I took off my winter coat and threw it over that rock that was teetering on the edge of the waterfall…..

“Ben, take a picture of my feet dangling over the edge of the waterfall!”


Yup, I was sitting on that rock. I think Ben kept snapping pictures, thinking that in the event his mom went “over the edge”, he would have it on film!  So, here I am below, hanging onto a sapling and making my way up from my precarious perch!


Living like a kid is so much fun. But living in the Bristolwood is just so very delightful!

8 Responses

  1. Getting the light correct for ice photographs isn’t always easy, so congrats to both you and Ben.

    Whilst I obviously cannot comment on Carlyb’s state of mind, I have to admit That I might just have one or two doubts about yours!

    Ben was right to keep photographing – if you fell he could prove he hadn’t pushed you!!!!! :>

  2. I’m sorry, but if you needed to explain your attire then it would have been to someone who is totally clueless about Crocs!!! LOL PJ’s? Shoot… you were in your own yard. *shrug* It’s not like you were in the grocery store. (fashion fad that I totally despise) Pooy on anyone who would have thought you were needing a brain exam!! Personally, I can totally understand what you were doing! Been there.. done that! WILL do it again! I do have to say that Crocs and ice DO NOT mix well. I have retired my Crocs for the winter unless I know there will be no chance of any ice at all. After the past week of falling I’m not about to risk another fall.

  3. Like the ice art, nice to know it will never be the same, not sure crocs are the best footwear, but hey ho. Tried to leave a message for Photo hunt but your comments are turned off.I do however think you should be using an axe…

  4. Hi! I came to comment on your Saturday Photo but no commenting, so I came here. You are very fortunate to have a wood splitter~my husband still does it by hand! Your ice pictures are wonderful too.

  5. your comment is off on your photohunt so i’ll leave it here, i like real fire! Soon, we’ll have a real fireplace in our new place too and i can’t wait to make that mess,lol!

  6. Well Carly and Bill, I may be a few fries short of a Happy Meal, but the kids still think I can be a lot of fun! hehehe And, if life means I gotta be somber and a “grown up” ALL the time, well….what FUN is THAT?

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