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Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Heart Macro 93









warm glow of evening
sets the stage for night-cicle
ballerinas poised


 

True story: Blue icicles so beautiful; funny how our perspective shifted dramatically in realization that they were in cahoots with an ice dam over my beloved's side of the bed. The rhythmic sound might otherwise be a soothing lullaby, if each cold drop was not bouncing off the windowsill dancing center stage upon his head.

 

Fat, flakes are falling now, more steadily with each word I type. We are only expecting 3”-6”. Not a big deal. It is predicted that the temperatures will continue fluctuating quite a bit over the next week however. Despite my husband’s hard work raking and tossing up calcium chloride ice melt pucks and cc filled stockings, suggestions from friends who’ve lived in New England longer than we have and the assistance of instructive YouTube videos; this freezing, warming pas de deux, along with the snow and ice remaining on the roof means that it is likely the water torture will continue a little bit longer. My poor guy has tirelessly tried all of these strategies and still ends up with it dripping on his head. Personally, my favorite suggestion came from my mother in Florida (she is healing well from her bout of pancreatitis, for those who have asked). She recommended that he wears a plastic shower cap to bed each night! The good news is that once the temperature drops enough the dripping stops.

As much as I enjoy the loveliness of viewing the snow and playing in it with the dog, snowshoeing with camera at the ready, (and lets face it, I’m not the one who has to plow and shovel and roof rake... I have it so easy!) I am grateful that it is March and for the noticeably increasing sunlight each day.



Welcome to Week Ninety-Three
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR

I Heart Macro offerings!



Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white, anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

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79 comments:


  1. Absolutely amazing photos.

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  2. Amazing photos! Have a happy week!

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  3. Ice is such and excellent subject! Mine looks like ice but .... isn't.

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  4. Wonderful shots of the icicles.

    Thanks for your visit. That's good that you have a generator. We had one winter where we lost power for eleven days after an ice storm followed by snow and a lot of people here got generators but I've always been afraid that I'd do something wrong and burn down my house. Our weather varies a lot from winter to winter so we don't need them like people in the north but we have just enough problems that at least I have neighbors with generators who can help me in a bind.

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  5. I do like the sun spots and sparkles captured in your shots. That last blue one with the reflection shining through is gorgeous.

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  6. beautiful icicles, but roof raking....yuck.

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  7. Wow, amazing photos. I am always fascinated by icicles.

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  8. Ice is melting here too ~ Love the macro shots. like ballerinas poised ~

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  9. Hi! Nice captures. your icicle story is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Dear Laura, your photos are always a joy to see.

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  11. Such stunning photography! Really takes some of the bite out of winter to have those beauties captured like that. Stellar!!

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  12. Love the pictures, but glad I don't have to see the ice near me. I don't do well in the cold. Take care Laura. Hope your husband's head stays dry. Have a good week.

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  13. blue icicles! how cool... but maybe too cold for his forehead :/ ~

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  14. Beautiful images of ice and a warm colored sky...lovely words also

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  15. What beautiful ice fotos!

    Great shoot.

    Annette

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  16. I haven't seen a single icicle this year !

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  17. Great series of photos! Especially I like no. 5 and 6 with the fine reflections of light!

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  18. amazing haiku Laura...beautiful photos...

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  19. wonderful with ice.. i love when water melts of icicles.

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  20. The icicles are so beautiful! Obviously in the wrong place :( but still VERY beautiful! Lovely photography.

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  21. The sparkles in the icicles are wonderful, and I also see some rainbow iridescence. I'm sorry to hear about the melting ice dripping on your husband, I hope that gets better, and that spring comes soon for you.

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  22. Fabulous photos.....stay warm!

    Have a lovely week Laura,
    Ruby

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  23. These compositions are great, wonderful shapes and lights with ice!

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  24. I love the light in your beautiful photos. Great compositions.

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  25. Fabulous images of these icicles.....and hopefully we will get a real spring with a warm up soon....technically it is still winter and we will continue to get snow and cold for another couple of weeks or so, but I am ready for a shift....snowing here again today.

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  26. Indeed, the blue icicles are so beautiful and while I was looking amazed at this series I must say that in some ways I saw them like sparkling "galactic visions" captured by your lens.... And actually In the final one are even colourful reflections, small kind of rainbows...
    Laura, to you and the dearest ones: May you have a sunny first week of March, a happy early Spring in your souls and hearts! Hugs, Alexa!

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  27. The icicles are very beautiful! I wish you a wonderful spring!

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  28. I never knew icicles could be so much trouble.

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  29. Beautifully captured icicles! I'm always fascinated with these too and tried to photograph many of them. Your photos show clearer details.

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  30. Beautiful images! Lovely haiku also.

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  31. Hi Laura,
    not even easy to catch the frozen ice. You did it !
    Great photos.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  32. Great shots of the beautiful icicles!
    Thanks for hosting I heart macro!

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  33. WOW!!!!!!! Those blue icicles (I love the idea of night-cicle ballerinas!) are glorious. Seems this winter, your icicle and winter photos are lasting longer than last year....will winter ever end?

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  34. Sounds like its going to be an expensive fix.

    Good luck

    Nice pix.

    I like your ku. night-cicle is great.

    Cheers!
    JzB

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  35. Hello Laura, pretty captures of the icicles.. And the sunset is lovely.. Gorgeous post, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  36. It's been a long time since I've seen icicles! I wouldn't count on spring weather until March is gone (we had some BIG snows in March in Chicago when I was a kid) but I do hope the icicles get melted and you both get some uninterrupted sleep soon!!

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  37. Gorgeous icicle shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  38. stunning captures of the icicles!
    have a wonderful week.

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  39. did you watch a CSI tv show that an icicle was used as a stabbing tool?

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  40. Beautiful images Kaura, stunning actually. Glad your Mom is on the mend. And your poor hubby! :)

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  41. Extraordinary captures Laura! Brrrr - it does sound extremely cold though and I hope for your husband's sake especially that warmer temperatures are not far away!

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  42. lovely catch of the iceicles. You even got stars in them :)

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  43. Beautiful pics, Laura! Isn't it crazy? I am based in upstate NY, moving back and forth to city--but it is pretty amazing! Lovely work, take care. k. (Manicddaily.wordpress.)

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  44. Your ice images are breath-taking, Laura!! I love the capture of all the air bubbles and wrinkles within...beautiful night-cicle!

    Maybe you two should move the bed over? If that's possible... :)

    I'm glad your mother is doing well...I love her suggestion!

    Thank you for reading my poem, Laura and commenting, too.

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  45. You do have such lovely frozen drips! Such a delicate view of nature.

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  46. Now every time I see an icicle in the night, especially under moonlight... I know I will think of your singing "night-cicle".

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  47. For sure the days are feeling much longer now! And I do hope the temperature will rise but not so quickly that it causes massive flooding. Lovely shots of the icicles!

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  48. Stunning macros, they reveal such wonderful details.

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  49. Lovely photos Laura. My granddaughter used to call icicles "sparkicles", which is fitting for your images!

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  50. Fantastic pictures. That's a beautiful observation of ice & icicles. I wish your mom complete recovery & good health.

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  51. I Heart 93 !!! Doing great, Laura.
    I too am ready for the ballerina night dance. Come on, March !!
    Thank you for peeking in on mt 55.
    ..

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  52. Great pictures! Icicles are beautiful. The light looks like little rainbows.

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  53. The thought 'If winter comes, can spring be far behind' keeps us going. Some more wait and spring will usher in the magic of warmth and color.

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  54. Wow-- those icicles.
    Stunning shots.

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  55. Your icicle photos are just wonderful! Some of them are nearly abstract and on some I first saw clear water pouring down. I like how you see things!!!

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  56. I am late to this party! Off to check some great pictures:)

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  57. I love the light within the icy-cold darkness: ♥

    Lots of love,
    Petra

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  58. Oh my gosh your poor husband. What a winter. I am so looking forward to the longer evenings starting this weekend ... And I can't even begin to imagine how much you must be loving the promise of more light! Your ice and winter pictures are stunning, but I can't get over feeling sorry about that ice dam.

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  59. This is such a fascinatng post and such an intriguing meme.

    Have a nice day

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  60. amazing icicle macro, thanks for sharing

    Warm wishes

    much love...

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  61. Ah, I wish I could send you some of our amazing warm weather and blue skies!! So unlike the northwest for this time of year!! Beautiful captures as always!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

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  62. So pretty - it's time for the ice to start melting now!

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  63. beautiful macro shots with pretty sky :-)
    happy weekend

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  64. very cool photos! icicles is something we don't get here, it's not cold enough where we are but it would be good to get them, winter is too boring here. Thanks for your comment at my blog :-)

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  65. Wonderful photographs with great reflections. Have a good weekend.

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  66. Ice-cicle ballerina. What a lovely thought. Hang in there, this weekend is daylight savings, and the daylight will be around longer.

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  67. Ah yes.. ice dams..we have them and the true extent of the inside damage is not known yet... beautiful photos....Michelle

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  68. Amazing photos... and the shots of icicles are so beautiful...

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  69. dear one may spring enclose you in warm bright arms soon!

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