Icicle Lights

photograph of icicles lit by colored lights

Icicle Lights

I give in. The snow and ice are beautiful, especially once I turned my holiday lights back on.

The colors and textures in this reminded me of foiled holiday gift wrap paper we had when I was little. The foiling was textured with narrow vertical ribs and all the colors of the rainbow subtly mixed in the foiling, subdued by the texture. That was when we used to re-use wrapping paper, so we often saw the same papers year after year in smaller and smaller pieces. I still have a small, folded swatch of it, and I just enjoy looking at it.

I had intended something else with this shot. I have a few whopper icicles hanging off my front porch, the longest being about five feet. They are a solid, rippled sheet of ice at the top, and the lights are encased in it. I did get that shot last night and I like it, too, but this one is just visually more interesting. Plus there’s the wrapping paper connection.

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  1. Breathtaking photograph, and very refreshing… Where I live the temperature is around 37°C, sunny, hot and humid.

    1. animalartist says:

      I imagine this looks like something from another world! I can’t imagine a climate where there is no winter, or where the seasons barely change, though if the snow and cold go on into April I will be longing for that!

      I have a poetry reading and art show this week, then over the weekend I’m going to feature one of your photos of the Cueva de las Manos with a link to your post. I am still so moved every time I look at it, and can hardly believe it is so old but so full of life.

  2. Oh, I feel totally honored, than you very much! If you want, I can send you some more photos we took on that trip, just let me know or send me an email address (mine is marcela.spanish.tutor@gmail.com).
    And, get ready because you haven´t seen the petrified woods yet!
    We have snow in my country in wintertime (lots of it by the way), but not in the area where I live. But I don´t want to overextend this comment.
    Thank you once again, and best of lucks at the poetry – art show this week!
    See you, all the best,
    Marcela

    1. animalartist says:

      Marcela,

      We’ve been getting more snow and cold than anyone thought we’d get up here–we broke our our own record of snowfall in one month getting 44.6 inches in February (so far–we still have one day and it’s snowing out there!). It’s also been dark with heavy overcast. I think it’s time to share La Cueva de las Manos with our readers!

      I’d like to post the fourth photo in your blog from that day along with the accompanying paragraph, then link to that post on your blog. I love your insights about those people, and the history and pre-history you share.

      Would you want to add anything else to your text? I’ll post it as part of an introduction on my blog. I’m going to add a little bit about how we “met” so that people understand.

      By the way, did you feel anything when the earthquake hit Concepcion? I heard that it could be felt as far away as Buenos Aires. I hope all is better there than in Haiti.

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