Ice Armor

January 10, 2013

Frost-rimed grasses in the garden

Frost-rimed grasses in the garden

“Every leaf and twig was this morning covered with a sparkling ice armor; even the grasses in exposed fields were hung with innumerable diamond pendants, which jingled merrily when brushed by the foot of the traveller.  It was literally the wreck of jewels and the crash of gems.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Journals, January 21, 1838

I remember ice storms from my childhood in Minnesota — every tree, branch and twig was coated in a clear shield of ice.  Too bright for unprotected eyes.  Precarious footing.  And yes, merry tinkling when the shards of ice fell down.

These frosty January mornings in Seattle are a less piercing pleasure — no crashing crystals, just a silent icy edging.  Here are some photos of this magical world:

These grasses looked like ribbon with their white edging giving a pleasant contrast

These grasses looked like ribbon with their white edging giving a pleasant contrast

Petal pattern, with frost

Petal pattern, with frost

Edged ferns

Edged ferns

Christmas colors!  Red and green.

Christmas colors! Red and green.

In the winter garden

In the winter garden

Layered maple leaves

Layered maple leaves

Nature's calligraphy

Nature’s calligraphy

The frost gives a new meaning to the idea of a white garden.

The frost gives a new meaning to the idea of a white garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Responses to “Ice Armor”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    “…the wreck of jewels and the crash of gems…” My goodness, what a line. The photos are beautiful. I can’t pick a favorite – usually can’t, with yours. But the layered maple leaves certainly are lovely.

    • Rosemary Says:

      It was a day for taking great photos. The quote is a keeper, too. Reminded me that sounds enrich experiences as much as visual treats.

  2. Chris Says:

    Beautiful, icy photos! I love the 3rd one…almost looks like a green, frosted, pine cone! Isn’t is lovely how frost “decorates” almost everything it touches? And it’s so sparkly, with a little sun shining on it! 🙂

  3. Chris Says:

    PS…Yes, sparkly…like jewels and gems!!

  4. garden.poet Says:

    All these photos are so lovely! I think you’ve really captured the magic of the frost with these.

    PS- I sometimes copy your photos to set as my background. Do you mind?

    • Rosemary Says:

      I don’t mind your using my photos as a screen saver for your personal use. Thank you for asking. I know I can’t control people using/misusing my photos, but I would object to anyone using my photos in a profit-making way, reproducing them on business websites, etc. I hope my photos bring you joy!


  5. Beautiful photography. You really do an excellent job with your blog. John


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