Friday, February 1, 2013

More Wintry Wonders: Fern Frost


Winter can be a remarkable painter and engraver too. 



January's frigid temperatures merging with just the right amount of moisture and 'surface texture' . . . I would not dare refer to smudged glass here . . .  often creates crystalline forms on our simple farmhouse windowpanes, inspiring joy and awe for winter's icy mysteries. When outdoor degrees dip into the teens, single digits and minuses, these 'fern frost' etchings are more likely to be viewed from within a warm but not overly warm environment. Vibrant sunrises offer a lovely back-lighting effect for observing and photographing tiny water droplets frozen into frosty leaf-like forms. 






Surely a frozen link to nature's ancient, green, fern frond formations. 

During winter's freezing days and nights many of us dream of verdant landscapes, yet only this time of year produces such delicate and ephemeral wonders. Rather like the sand and wave engravings created along the ocean's edge . . . it is an art form of nature most impermanent. Perhaps another lesson in learning how to live and let go.


23 comments:

Julie said...

Wow--what lovely images! (I must laugh about "not daring to call them smudges" on the windows--puppy nose prints all over our windows, I'm afraid!) Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my gosh those frost ferns are so beautiful!!!!

FlowerLady

Rosemary said...

I haven't seen frozen fern designs on the windows since I was a child - I used to think that they were a magical just like fairyland.

Rosemary said...

I haven't seen winter ferns on the windows since I was a child - I used to think that they were a magical fairyland.

Nicholas Weber said...

Great pictures. Looking forward to reading more of your blog in the future!

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos !

Tammie Lee said...

hello lovely lady,

i hope this finds you with your vitality returned and enjoying health.

your photos had me softly ahhhh-ing
we all know i love ice crystals in most forms....
but in lavenders and pinks, my goodness my heart purrred ;-)

sharon said...

cool jack frost ferns!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Really beautiful formations. I don't think I've ever seen them so "fernlike". Mother Nature surely is an inspiration!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carol:
These are magical images of your fern frosted window panes. As you say so perfectly, a frozen link to the verdant fronds which will come from the ground in Spring.

The brilliance and technicolour nature of the light which you have captured is amazing. An artist at work with a camera!

And, how we love the new profile picture. Impish Carol, just as we remember and love her!

sweetbay said...

Beautiful !

Anja said...

Kära Carol!
Your eyes convey the incredible beauty of fern frost! Otherwise we would not endure the chill, right?!/Kram, Anja

Eva said...

Dear Carol, These window paintings bring me back to our memorable winter sojourn at Flower Hill Farm eight (can it be?) years ago. I still recall the childlike wonder I felt, staring at one window and then, another. You opened my eyes--and continue to do so--to the evolution of the natural world in New England, and I will be forever grateful.

Carolyn said...

Beautiful! Hope you are enjoying your winter.

Carolyn

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Superb aren't they. Close ups of snow crystals are also works of art and symetry - no two the same. Brrrrr

Sarah Laurence said...

I love the artsy juxtaposition of frost and dawn (or sunset?)

Gillian Olson said...

Absolutely beautiful shapes and colours. Thank you for sharing these.

Andrea said...

Hi Carol, i've seen a lot of winter shots from blogs but this is the first time I see Winter's paintings of ferns. They are really very beautiful, and i am just sad i wont be able to see any like it! regards Carol.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

These are beautiful photos. The frost ferns are amazing.

FlowerLady

Patty said...

The frosted windows remind me of my youth in my parents first house. Jack Frost would always leave me such lovely scenes on the window, magic to a child. Today my windows are triple paned and Jack does not visit any more.

ruma said...


Hello, Carol.

 Your work is embraced in your gentleness.
 Sharing a moment of peace.
 It is a joy for all.

 Your heart warm message in the cold.
 I always give mind of thanks to you.

Greeting.
Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma❃

Carol said...

Thank you all for these very kind words. I am always so touched by your taking the time to share with me. Often I feel I do not deserve it. Thank you! Thank you!

RobinL said...

That is really quite remarkable. The window frost is quite beautiful anyway, but the close resemblance to ferns is absolutely amazing!

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