Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced: a photo collage

We've had our share of dramatic winter weather in 2011, all within the mighty month of February; and not only here in Michigan where I live, but in many parts of the USA and Canada. During the Valentine month, we experienced the following weather conditions; a record blizzard which buried some regions with 20 inches of snow, a 50 degree melt down, which transformed the landscape in almost a single day and then a few days later, an unusual ice storm impacted us yet again . . . phew!



All photos were taken in my yard or down my dead end street

Ice on tree top branches pick up the light of the sun
Ice on tree top branches pick up the light of the sun



The freeze has been especially inspiring, providing many photo opts which I gladly have taken advantage of! With that said, I hope you enjoy the scenery, the ice really is a thing of beauty. There are few words in between, the pictures tell the story! P.S. But, of course I had to include a poem!



My Austrian Pine branches are weighed down by the ice and snow. The branches normally point upward toward the sky!
My Austrian Pine branches are weighed down by the ice and snow. The branches normally point upward toward the sky!



Trapped in ice

won't suffice

I yearn to be free

from its squeeze

The sun returns

as I watch freeze burn

off my branches

inches by inches

dripping and dripping

Limbs no longer tipping

from the hefty mass

and concrete grasp

letting me breathe

breathe in deep

uplifting my figure

recapturing my rapture

Feeling the release

feeling the ease

I just want to breathe




Iced Branches pick up the light
Iced Branches pick up the light
Tracks In White Snow: Where do they go?
Tracks In White Snow: Where do they go?

A children's photo storybook verse by fossillady, aka Kathi L. Mirto, also inspired by winter's flight.

 

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, fantastic photos! really nice, cheers nell


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Nell, hope you're staying warm!


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

Wow! It has been a rough winter for those of you in the North! Nature has given you so much to work with in terms of inspiration and you have certainly taken advantage of it. I only envy you. As always, it is difficult for me to pick a favorite photo but I do specially love the two that contain the color red (number 8 and number 13) It's just beautiful to see the color red in a winter photograph... it's unexpected! The poem at the end is simply amazing as well!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hello manny, I know what you mean by the color of red in winter. It draws you in! Thank you for the kind words my friend! It means a lot to me coming from you! Stay well


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Kalyko


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful pictures of quality. Thank you for sharing this with us. Take care!


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

As the frosted lines studder to cross this far south I'll take that breath for you Fossillady.;)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Martie, glad you enjoyed the pictures, thanks so much for stopping by!

Acer, Wow, your words are breathtaking! Smiles


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love all of your photo hubs that I have seen, but this is my favorite. The photographs are wonderful!! I love the colors, the sharpness and the patterns. Beautiful!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Really appreciate the favorable compliment Alicia, Stay well!


Vici russell 5 years ago

Beautiful!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thanks Vicki, Hope you're keeping warm today!


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....absolute perfection you have created here Kathi - you are an artistic genius with the lense and I must send my adopted son back - Quiet Doug - to see this one!

Just let me let out a 'yelp' so you can hear me straight across from the northern shore of Lake Erie - This is amazingggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!

And I am so glad that you are receiving the recognition you so deserve with your legion of loyal followers !!!!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Wow, Thank you, Epi, I am always humbled and flattered by your generous words of approval!!! It always brings a smile to my face! Be sure to say Hi to Douglas for me. He has probably seen two or three of these cause I posted them on redbubble. Hope you have a warm, happy day even after viewing these chilling photos!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Fossillady, these pictures are Wonderful! Each one really catches "the moment" ...and the Poem, Loved the last line..."I want to breathe"...Simply Beautiful!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you B. so glad you found enjoyment in the poem and photos, they were fun to create and share with you all


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Stunning, Thanks again for sharing photos and the poem.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'll repeat what all the other's say, Beautiful simply beautiful! Oh, and by the way, you need to check out the latest from Martie, you know where LOL.

Cheers


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

AA, always good to see you, thank you very much

Ruby, thank you for the nice compliment!! Well, I'll just have to go over their and check her out!


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badegg 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

Very nice! You are a gifted photographer! It is amazing the way the ice carries the light to new dimensions. It makes you wonder if by some chance, some brilliant mind years ago related this effect to the development of fiber optics....it makes you think.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

You have a vivid imagination, the first requirement of a good writer, thanks for stopping by badegg


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Mike Outdoors 5 years ago from Somewhere in Canada

Great photographs! Ice is so cool to take pictures of:)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Yeah, It's sparkles, that's the best part, tee hee


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

I feel the poem but I adore the pictures! Such beauty!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

thank you daydreamer, good to see you


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Your photo hubs are truly a pleasure. As someone who will read on his laptop until his eyes burn, it's such a relief to get visual stimulation like this.

What you capture in your photography is what my favorite writers do with their words: offer extreme close-ups of subtle, exotic and beautiful pieces of life. Well done.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you Doug, I'm glad my photos off you a respite from reading on your laptop! I capable of the same habit sometimes with my computer! Yikes! I like what you said in the last sentence, offer extreme closeups.... very nice thought that I am going to harbor my whole day


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Soooo Beautiful. Your photos are very dramatic and just a pleasure to view. Rated up, awesome, beautiful and shared on stumbleupon like I did with your other photos. Can't wait to see your next creation!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Thank you dear lady for a super compliment and for the favor of sharing on stumbleupon!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...wow..wow. This was great and beautiful. Sorry, I was late to know this. But thanks for writing this. I love all pictures here. You are very talented. I am glad to know this from you directly through hubpages. Vote up! God bless you.

Love and peace,


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

You warm my heart with your enthusiasm! Bless you my friend!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Brilliant and Beautiful Photography of Ice, Nature and the Bitter Freeze of Winters Ice! You are an amazing photographer and thank you so much for sharing your craft as your art is gorgeous. :) Katie


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Wow, thank you so much Katie, I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a nice compliment! Smiles


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Your photography is totally amazing, simply stunning. A great little poem too.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hello sweet lady, I think you're stunning! Thank you for your great compliment!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Your photos and poem are absolutely beautiful! You have quite a talent there fossillady (is it Kathi? - I am Kathy too but I am never sure how to spell)

What a difference in quality when it is done right!I love these pictures with the very special poetry alongside. Good Job!!!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

You spelled it right... Thank you for the nice compliment, good to see you here. Smiles


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It is quite a pleasure to see these images - I love winter photos. Correction, I love photography, it makes life even more beautiful than it is.

Very well done, you have a very good eye!

Enjoyed your work immensely,


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

These are absolutely stunning. THe surprises nature has for us if we just stop and look.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi kallini, thank you for you visit and you have a good point. I'm constantly transposing everything through the camera lens!

Hi mslizzee, that's the key, stopping to look doesn't always fit into our busy schedules! Thank you for a great compliment!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida

This is absolutely stunning work - what kind of camera do you have? I am in awe - well done! :-) Helen


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Hi Helen, for now my camera is simply my eye, but I'm saving up for a nice DSLR! The camera I'm using is kinda, for lack of better word, crappy! lol...I've had to ditch some great shots cause of it!! One thing in my favor, I've used it enough to know exactly what I'm going to get and what it's capable of. It does okay with some macro, but I actually have more trouble with landscape shots...getting them clear with it.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

I love this set especially your close-ups! I would have done exactly the same thing if given the opportunity - take photos that is. I smile at the thought that if we were together, we would have looked like crazy with our cameras!

Thanks for sharing! Rated up and beautiful!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

lol...good to see you Baby! It was quite the ice storm which we rarely get! Thanks for stopping by and compliments! Hope your doing well. Hugs


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

OH, these images are amazing!!!! and your poem fits beautifully. Without the big freeze these magical moments would never exit. I loathe the winter here in my little corner of the world, but with such beauty in the thaw of spring and I would endure many such winters. Thank you for sharing your magic, Fossillady.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Good afternoon fossillady

These photographs certainly reflect your inspiration---they make me feel as if I can hear the little crackles as the ice begins to break and gradually turns to a liquid once again. And truly I never fail to marvel at that happening. This is awesome.

Voted up ++++

Sending you more of the special Angels today :) ps


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Oh, thank you dear Patricia for the wonderful comment!I remember that day like it was yesterday! Hope your weekend is sunny in Florida! No ice for you to slip and slide, or is there . . . :O)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

What great photo's! so beautiful, but I am glad all the snow has gone this year, we have actually had some really hot sunny days! yeah! lol!


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan Author

Ya, we're finally going to get into the 70's this weekend. I find that April is the most torturous month cause we want spring so bad . . . xo

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