Ice Sculpture in The Sky

Equipment Info
NIKON D850
105mm / f/14 / 1/320 sec. / ISO 64
State/Province/Region
Colorado
Nearest Area
Wet Mountains
Town
westcliffe
Brief Directions

Colorado CR 96

Description

I love photographing objects and landscapes that look highly unusual. While hiking one early morning through a forest in the foothills of the Wet Mountains I discovered these incredible ice formations hanging of a ponderosa pine tree branch. Illuminated by the sun these tiny, intricate ice sculptures looked like nothing I had ever seen before, especially when viewed from below against the sky. Like diamonds or free-floating quicksilver.They must have formed when the sun melted the snow on the pine needles the day before and then refroze the liquid again during the extremely cold night here at more than 9,000 ft elevation. I was trying to figure out how to capture this rather abstract "icescape" - which was only the size of a quarter! Luckily I had my 105 macro in my camera backpack and was able to get this image. When I show the image to people and ask them to guess what they are looking at they have absolutely no idea...

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Date Added
December 25, 2019
Date Taken
December 19, 2019