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First Frost (With Leaf)

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It’s been weeks since Chicago’s first frost, and it’s something that didn’t stay around for very long. It had other things to do: other places to go. Given the current state of the Midwestern USA, I don’t blame it. On the night before this photo was taken, it was warm. It was wet. A cold front moved in, during the night’s darkest hours; by daybreak, the night’s wetness (and a single, fallen leaf) were frozen where they landed. They were held in place by a thin and fragile membrane of ice. As the day warmed, slightly, water beneath its crystalline skin of ice began to flow into different patterns. In a way, perhaps, Winter was attempting to write its name in the ice. Though winter is a universal concept, it stands to reason that individual winters differ from each other. It is—in that way of thinking—necessary for each winter to write its name, to declare itself, to differentiate itself from winters past and winters future. At least that’s how I see it, when I enter into a somewhat mytho-poetic mindstate. I was in such a mindstate when I took this photograph. I found this image the week before pecking random letters on my laptop keyboard and settling on “GWOT” for truly random reasons. As you can now see a few posts earlier in my gallery, “Gwot” has taken on its own meaning, and perhaps in a way, Gwot may be the name of this year’s winter as well….

Or not…

As always, thank you for viewing, reading, and commenting, and I hope you’re all having a great week.
December 16, 2012
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Dec 16, 2012 5:06:29 pm
Wonderful image and discussion.
I was wondering about the name of your universe/world/country/city-state

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 5:15:05 pm
Great photo, Chip.:)

by treasureprints Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 5:21:33 pm
I'm totally captivated by the texture of the thin ice over what I presume to be pavement. Lovely!

by NefariousDrO Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 7:11:28 pm
great capture

by flavia49 Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 8:29:31 pm
Oh this is lovely; the contrast of the yellow leaf with the blue-tinged ice, and the shapes of the ice itself are all really appealing. Well captured, Chip!

by MrsRatbag Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 10:38:29 pm
Amazing winter find and capture my friend.
God Bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Dec 16, 2012 10:49:15 pm
Amazing texture and color, and great concept!

by netot Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 12:31:41 am
Urban ice icon. Perfect.

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 12:57:33 am
Brilliant! I like it loads, but am speechless. It's just ... well, it's brilliant!

by auntietk Online Now!   Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 1:51:16 am
Love the patterns in the ice & the sharp color contrast that the leaf provides - very well seen & captured...

by photosynthesis Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 6:34:36 am
Nice shot.



by kassad Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 8:01:31 am
Nice color and contrast!

by vis151 Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 1:58:15 pm
That is indeed a wonderful shot, Chip. Love the colors and texture. And also the little story about it :)

by helanker Online Now!   Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 2:18:23 pm
This single sheet has a bit of sadness.... and is equally beautiful. This is melancholy.

by JuliSonne Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 2:58:20 pm
i like this combination with the dark background, small ice coating and the warm color of this leaf!
contrast and together...

by aksirp Homepage »

Dec 17, 2012 4:54:05 pm
superb capture!

by sandra46 Homepage »

Dec 18, 2012 1:26:29 pm
Well seen, dear Chip. Also winter has its own beauty and glory.

by icerian Homepage »

Dec 18, 2012 4:33:54 pm
beauty in its final throes

by alanwilliams Homepage »

Dec 19, 2012 2:51:33 am
Beautiful piece of art work

by anmes Homepage »

Dec 26, 2012 12:25:48 pm
wow. great composition. Well done

by Celart Homepage »

Jun 1, 2013 10:02:56 pm
I like it - frozen in time!

by danapommet Homepage »


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