Saturday, February 24, 2007

Stealing A Blizzard's Beauty One Ice Sickle At A Time


Digital Art - Ice Sickles on Electric Kool Aid - Central Illinois Blizzard of February, 2007
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This post presents a series of photos, and digital art which focuses upon frozen water. The recent blizzard which hit Central Illinois created many problems for tens of thousands of residents of Central Illinois. Before the snow and ice melted I decided to steal some of its beauty. I did not pour Kool Aid on the ice and snow - that's all digital.
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Ice Sickle Tornado - Jerome, Illinois - February 2007

The photo above I titled Ice Sickle Tornado as it reminds me of a tornado. Last March (2006) a half mile wide F2 tornado came right through our neighborhood. We lost several large elm trees in our front yard. In fact if the ice sickle featured in the above photograph was actually a tornado it would be exactly where one of the elms that was felled once stood. Notice some of the broken branches in the tree to the right of the ice sickle?

One last thing about the above photo. If you apply some imagination, and if you look at the lower half of the ice sickle you might see within the sickle on the left half a glowing golden man wearing a golden head dress. To the right facing and embracing the golden man is a ghostly white long haired female with her head thrown back. Suffice it to say shield your children's eyes, because I don't think they're wearing any clothes! Spirits of Winter and Spring caught in a frozen embrace no doubt.
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Ice Sickles at Sunrise - Springfield, Illinois February 2007
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The ice sickles were so long they were actually reaching the ground. This photograph of a Central Illinois sunrise taken just behind some ground reaching ice sickles.
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Fire and Ice - Sangamon County Illinois February 2007
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To conclude this post I saved best for last. I love the winter sun blazing down through a clear crisp blue sky upon a snow covered field or a patch or sickle of translucent ice. There's just something about the contrast of fire and ice which speaks deep.

For two days I was "trapped" in our home which was completely snowed in from a recent blizzard. While a footpath allowed access to the street no automobile could pass through the knee high snow drifts. I took the opportunity to take the photographs posted in this series.

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