Still Learning To See

Getting started

On a walk this morning in Hubbard Park I realized a blog would be a useful way to share both what I am seeing these days as well as what I’m learning about seeing.

This morning was cold (20F), calm and clear and I knew there would be new ice on many of the ponds in Central Vermont. I never even saw new ice until about ten years ago—on a bird bath! I’m not sure how I missed it for so many years. I’m making up for lost time now.

When conditions are just right, like they were this morning, the thin layer of ice shows the rich texture of the crystals. Viewed them up close, they look like mountains and valleys or a Vorticist drawing. Move one way or the other and the contrast between the faces of the crystals change or what is being reflected changes.

I can become completely entranced after a few moments of looking through the viewfinder! I’d never have dreamed plain old, flat ice could look like this but it does. Imagine what it must look like through a microscope or even an electron microscope. On mornings like this all I really need to do, however, is open my eyes and see.

New ice

Another view of new ice

This entry was published on December 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm. It’s filed under Hubbard Park, Ice, Winter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Getting started

  1. Love the ice pictures–I just sent Liz the websites for Wilson Bentley (a fellow Vermonter) and Kenneth Libbrecht, a Cal Tech physics professor. Their photographs of snowflakes fill me with awe–as do yours of the “flat” ice. Thanks for your way of seeing 🙂

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