Saturday, April 10, 2010

rose, carnation, fern

with the return of warmer weather
the pool has frogs and all sorts of bugs
spending time in it.
i was getting it ready
to be opened
so i pulled the collector bucket out of its little space and
inside the bucket was a semi circular chunk of absolutely clear ice.

i spent one glorious hour of my life
taking pictures of that piece of ice
in various locations in and out of my home.

over the course of time
it changed shape and even its internal architecture
veined with air bubbles and radiating striations.

today's set is of flowers around my home as seen through the block of ice.

roses, carnations and ferns.

(click on each image to enlarge it)





21 comments:

Dan Gurney said...

Makes me think of Don Ho, Dean Martin:

Tiny bubbles in the ice
Make me feel happy,
Make me feel nice...

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

What an original idea and glorious way to capture a moment (or an hour as you say) on the cusp between winter and spring. Beautiful images. Visual poems

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Steven, I have posted a link to this piece (and a previous one of yours) on my "Caught our eye" sidebar. Hope you like it.

Pauline said...

amazing what happens when we choose to look at the known world in a different way, eh? marvelous photos!

as an aside, I had to change my URL. You can now find me at http://www.writingdownthewords.blogspot.com

steven said...

hello dan!!! i love the way ice contains little pockets of air, little bits of sand and bugs and detritus. i love the way it clouds colour and shape. don ho!!! wow that's a blast from the past for me. steven

steven said...

hello lorenzo! (x2!) i am grateful for your thoughtful comment here and also for the link. i'm popping over right now! steven

steven said...

pauline i love looking at the world through anything that filters it for me. it's like getting another free world. thanks also for the update on your url. i lost you for some time. steven

ellen abbott said...

How very cool!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Steven, your imagination never ceases to amaze me. I'm glad you took the time to make these photographs. :-) Lizzy

hope said...

Ooh...pretty.

The last is my favorite. As if the rose is bubbling with life. :)

Jenny Stevning said...

These photos are absolutely amazing!!!

Helen said...

Oh My! How unique! A brand new way of looking at flowers and ferns. Fresh and alive.

ALeks said...

Steven I think you do not need the brush and paint any more,this is to the max,how breathtaking,fresh and brilliantly done,wow!!! Beauty forever!!

steven said...

ellen - in a nutshell yes!!! steven

steven said...

lizzy - it's all about seeing the possibilities. we all do that in different ways! steven

steven said...

hello hope - i love the way the colours get muted and then of course the silver bubbles of air. steven

steven said...

thankyou jenny. steven

steven said...

helen - try looking at anything through ice or glass and it changes the way you see things!!! steven

steven said...

aleks thankyou so much!! i love the touch and smell of paint and the way i can rework it. but thankyou for the sweet comment about my photos!! steven

Linda Sue said...

GAWD I love these! they are paintings and need to be plastered all over the inside of my head forever- I would have a dreamy vivatious attitude - a curious fresh way of seeing everything even the most mundane- even trash and redneck ruined coutryside would be interestingly beautiful. You are just so much fun to hang out with! thanks Steven!

BT said...

wow, what a glorious set of photos. They would be fabulous in a line on the wall. I haven't thought of photographing anything through ice. In the cold spells, our water dusbin freezes at the top and I take it out and put it onthe grass. It can take days to melt and sometimes I end up with several at once! Buster likes to drink from that dustbin - so I have to keep it unfrozen!