Feathers Aloft

Feathers Aloft

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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117 Responses to Feathers Aloft

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    That is amazing, it is just like feathers ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ You probably don’t get the extremely cold weather that produces these, eh? It is about 6F (-14C) right now, with a windchill in the minus 20s (-28+C). Wicked cold!

  2. Alice Pratt says:

    Unique…….wouldn’t you love to keep enlarging that with an electron microscope? When I was young (๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™ˆ) the insides of our windows were covered with Jack Frost’s artwork…obviously our home was not well insulated!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Under closer scrutiny of this, we would see fractals unto eternity!
      Not too many homes were well insulated back then (and still not with most the older ones).

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  5. Joanna says:

    Jack Frost! Hope you made it through that storm alright!!

  6. Laurie Graves says:


  7. Lovely patterns you captured! Stay warm.

  8. Anne says:

    These look beautiful and so delicate.

  9. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  10. Dave Ply says:

    Amazing what ice crystals can do, isn’t it?

  11. Robin says:

    How amazing and beautiful! Awesome image, Eliza. I see I’m not the only crazy person out in this insane cold. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think nature sometimes rewards us crazy people. I caught two eagles today (with the camera, of course!).

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. It isn’t too bad when you dress warmly, but I was happy to get back to the warm house. Hope we get to see your eagles sometime. No camera work today outside for me, however! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Very nice!!! I love making images like this also!

  13. Jim R says:

    Beautiful. Nature does wonderful things for us.

  14. Amazing patterns! โ„๏ธโ›„๏ธ

  15. Maria says:

    Very nice, I wonder how you did it.

  16. It’s good that this wicked cold is good for something – fantastic photo opportunities, and this is a beauty. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Rebecca says:

    Stunning images, Eliza x

  18. Wow, Beautiful image, never witnessed anything like that – what is the surface? Hope you are snuggled up by your wood stove with a good book. And a cup of soup, some Polartec…

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Amelia. Frost accumulates on the windows on really cold nights, a beautiful morning surprise. The wood stove is cranking, I live in polar fleece and wool these days and yes, there is curried carrot squash soup for dinner tonight with still warm, freshly made oatmeal bread. All the comforts! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Alice Pratt says:

        Oooohhhhh sounds yummmmmmy. I made almost 3qts of chicken, onion, carrot & spinach & pasta soup today….bread would have gone well…….is that a really good recipe? My daughter has announced ‘this is bread year’

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It is the only recipe I have that rises consistently and perfectly in the bread machine (for some mysterious reason, many recipes fall, creating what I call sinkers).

      • And I hate to wear socks! Dinner sounds great. My windows were just a little sweaty this morning, not photo worthy.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        ๐Ÿ˜€ You are so funny! Yes, dinner was delicious, I was accidentally a bit heavy with the cumin, but my spouse pronounced it a happy accident. (I see hot-flashes in my future, however. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      • Cumin gives you hot flashes? I have never been able to figure out the trigger. Just run outside for a minute, no more flash! Everything came through our cold snap, tomatoes still on the vine and the Dahlias look quite perky.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Curry and hot pepper, and sometimes soy, will do it every time. You’re right about the cure – lol – just run outside!
        Glad to hear your plants are okay. They can take a bit of cool weather, but not frost, which ends the game around here.
        Summer seems so far off as I sit listening to the wind howl and watch the temps plummet. I’m ready for warmer weather, even if its only in the 20s!

      • The 20s! you are a hardier person than me, Zone (?) 4 versus Zone 10. I can’t wait for the 75 degrees forecast on Monday. My husband is mad cuz i was hogging the covers.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Time to put another blanket on! 75 sounds like a dream to me right now. It is so hard in January not to book the next flight south. If I can hang in until Feb 1, I’m good, the end is in sight.

      • The blanket is on. Not sure if it’s good or bad..you probably couldn’t get a good flight out ! The Boston photos are freaking me out. We saw some fall color today. Exciting for here Red Maple. That’s your warming thought.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Fall color no matter where, is always a treat to see. I looked at the forecast for the next few weeks and it looks ‘normal’ – TG. We might even get a Jan. thaw – woohoo!

      • Well, I am about 50 miles north of Palm Beach International – if you feel a compelling need to weed.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, I’ll give that some thought!

  19. Cathy says:

    How pretty! We had frost like this last winter – layer upon layer over a couple of weeks producing such amazing patterns and shapes! It is very mild and very wet here at the moment with no frosts, but we have heard about the big freeze in your part of the world. Stay warm and cosy Eliza!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Monday will see a break in the weather I hope. This chill has been the longest I’ve ever remembered. Too long! Your temps sound much more pleasant. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. tippysmom2 says:

    Beautiful. We had some interesting ice form on the ponds this week. I didn’t get a good picture though. Mother nature does some unique things, doesn’t it?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      She sure does. Were they those white, starry formations? I saw some on the river that were among the biggest I’ve ever seen. Covered now with snow. Said river is almost completely frozen over … that hasn’t happened in over a decade. Cold days!

      • tippysmom2 says:

        Yes. It was those white, starry formations. So pretty. I have a neat picture of the snow covered pond, with Tippy on the edge, of course, I am planning to post soon.

  21. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    So pretty and feathery!

  22. Kris P says:

    I’m glad Amelia asked what the surface was – I was beginning to wonder if the “feathers” were captured floating in the air. Snow and ice are foreign concepts here you know. You educate me with each winter post!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, I forget about that sometimes! Winter’s cold is not something everyone experiences. Lucky them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But then, I am clueless about extreme heat. Lucky me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It all evens out!

  23. Lovely photo and I hope warmer temperatures reach you soon!๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Monday is supposed to be a bit warmer. I’m looking forward to it!

      • The Magic Village says:

        Sorry for jumping in, but I feel reminded on that winter in Berlin back then when the radio speaker excited said, โ€œit will be warmer, only minus 16 Cโ€ after a 3-weeks period of -30C/-22F. I recommend hot chicken soup. Stay warm!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, it is amusing what we think of as ‘warm’ when it has been so cold. Thanks for your visit, ‘jump in’ anytime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Stunning – even the frosted bedroom windows of childhood didn’t have that floating image

  25. Kathy Sturr says:

    I remember scraping frost off the windows at the house we rented in Maine … but it was never so beautiful as this image you’ve captured Eliza! That was a cold winter (and a life lesson) – even the saltwater froze in the bay and the Navy cutter had to come through.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I think we’re having that kind of winter. Bays are frozen all over, and high tides stacking ice chunks up on the shore.
      Our river here is almost completely frozen over, even the rushing parts, which doesn’t happen all that often. I bet you are glad you are down South! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sit in the sun for me.

  26. Really love these pictures. How much beauty can be missed if we are not looking at the small things.

  27. Wow! YOu continue to surprise me Eliza

  28. Wonderful capture of natural wonder!

  29. naturebackin says:

    Such delicate beauty in the biting cold! Stay warm and snug!

  30. Brenda says:

    Fractals, fractals everywhere–so gorgeous.

  31. Pete Hillman says:

    Wonderfully captured with such crisp detail!

  32. Brian Skeys says:

    The beauty it creates is, I guess, some compensation for the very low temperatures you are experiencing Eliza.

  33. Jewels says:

    LOVE this, Eliza!

  34. Christy B says:

    First thought: Beautiful nature! Second thought: Brrrr ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Bela Johnson says:

    Great capture! I’ve seen lots of Jack Frost’s work for real, but this photo is amazing!

  36. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Jack Frost’s artistry is enhanced by your photographic skill. Beautiful image!

  37. Robbie says:

    A great capture:-) As always…brrrr….you got the cold!

  38. NorCal Zen says:

    It has to be REALLY cold to produce that kind of beauty! It’s magical. Great photo!

  39. This is VERY beautiful! And, now you already have your holiday greeting for this year! I have been looking for ice opportunities … here it is usually under snow!

  40. Sally says:

    Frost feathers. Perfect! Floating on air or ice or water …

  41. The resemblance of snow flakes…beautiful!โœจ๐Ÿค—

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