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Last week I heard on the news that a lake not too far away had frozen over. I remembered going to see it during another frigid blast and decided to go again. Not only did I want to refresh my memory about how beautiful it was, I also thought it would be a great opportunity to gain some experience with my new DSLR.

I hadn’t been there often since I was a child. Back then we went every year for a family reunion picnic, and sometimes just to walk around and enjoy the water views. So, of course I took a wrong turn and wound my way around the entire lake, before eventually arriving at the familiar picnic site. I stopped to take pictures of many beautiful spots and intriguing details as they appeared.

Farther out the ice was smooth as glass, as seen in the image above.

Close in it was made up of a giant sheet of circles. The surface of individual circles was concave, which gave large areas a rough textured look.

Along the shore thick ice settled on various types of vegetation. As time passed, it grew brittle and shattered. Shards resettled to make new formations that could look like milk white broken glass.

Trees near the water wore ice dresses that seemed to flow and freeze, according to the direction of the wind, until the rippling mass was captured in place like vertical waves.

Reelfoot Lake was formed during a series of massive earthquakes, in 1811 and 1812, when this huge area of land collapsed. The Mississippi River flowed backwards to fill in the depression and the lake is the result. Cypress trees like the one above are the tops of the original trees jutting out of the water. The cypress knees capture the ice and make a platform for it to build into oddly shaped clumps.

The bases of the cypress trees near the shore look like the feet of some animal not of this world, dipped in ice and frozen in place to await the coming thaw.

I’m very pleased with how my camera performed. It’s a real pleasure to use, though I’m sure I’ll be discovering new aspects for a long time. It was nice of Mother Nature to provide me with such a gorgeous subject to start my DSLR journey.

These final three images conclude this fall’s ice out of season multi-post. Hopefully, the early ice this year has also concluded. At least until winter actually, technically comes.
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This kind of ice shared space and time with the kinds in the previous posts. In its way just as delicately showy. Only in a different presentation.

Snow? Sleet? Not sure.
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But always beautiful.
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These look as if nature made a loaf of ice and framed it with twigs and leafy branches. Oddly, in actuality, it seems to be what’s left after the rest of the ground cover melted away.

It’s always fascinating to see how nature plays out the simplest of its small dramas. In or out of season.

I took quite a few pictures of various states of ice remains, so I thought I’d separate them into a miniseries of Random Images Posts. Today’s group is of leaves.
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Some people hate accumulated fall leaves. Others love the carpet of crunchy color. I fall into the crunchy carpet camp. When snow or ice gathers on individual leaves and into piles of them, a collection of fall colors takes on new dimensions of hue and texture. It looks as if an evil queen tried to place a curse upon the land, and ended up creating a different kind of beauty.
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Then, a neighboring juxtaposition includes vibrant green leafery. It almost makes one believe fall and winter huddle around spring, protecting it until it’s time to truly arrive.
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The plant with the round “coins” that look as if they’ve frosted themselves is called a money tree.Blooming season brings green leaves and beautiful bright purple flowers. Later on the blooms disappear, leaving the coinlike seedpods among what looks like bunches of twigs.
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Sometimes random bits of ice linger to decorate a single tattered leaf. This, to me, is what it looks like when Mother Nature paints a still life.
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Another still life composed by unseen hands. Ice like this is so delicate. So fragile. I stand and stare. Awed that it lingers long enough to be admired.

It’s December and cold enough to prove it, but it is a bit early for ice storms. No one seems to have told the weather that little fact, so we have ice out of its usual season.
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When I went out today, I was pleased to see how much ice had melted. Then I saw this lone bush decked out by Old Man Winter’s own ice shooting fingertips. My first thought was that someone had flocked the thing, as some weird attempt at a practical joke. Then I realized its perfect position under a gutter made it vulnerable to a double dose of icing.
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Make that quadruple.
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It’s cool, no pun, the way bits of leaves get caught in the tangle of ice. Fall and winter, side by side.
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Early ice even captures bright green signs of lingering summer in its frigid grip.

Too much freezing rain can lead to dangerous driving conditions and the potential for weekslong power outages. Whatever problems it may cause, there’s no denying the enchanting beauty of nature’s handiwork.