A couple weeks ago, the snow fell deep and fast, and we had over a foot by the middle of the day. As often happens with these nor’easters, the snow was frequently interrupted by sleet and ice, forming layers of ice and snow.
The day after the storm, I watched out our kitchen window as the sun finally began to warm our frozen backyard. The layers of snow and ice began melting and mixing, forming these crazy, wild shapes. This transformation was especially fascinating on the railings of our deck. The snow had piled high, forming mounds four to five inches tall that were barely clinging to the thin rail beneath. As the snow fell away, it revealed tiny sculptures formed by the melting ice.
I grabbed my camera, and carefully crunched my way across the deck over snow drifts that came up to my knees whenever I broke through. I crouched down taking pictures, working as fast as I could until my fingers began scream at the cold. The results, I think, were worth it. It has been a long winter, but even in the midst of all this cold and ice, art can happen.
Here are a few of my new photographs, but click here to see all of my new ice photographs.
P.S. On a related note, check out this polar scientist’s view on the layers of ice and snow currently covering New York City.