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Crystal Filigree

Crystal Filigree
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-21
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-26 18:40
Viewed: 4226
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Other than being treacherous and damaging, freezing rain can also be quite beautiful as shown by this "crystal filigree" that formed on my Japanese maple tree. ( Yes, the photo is right side up)
Freezing rain develops as falling snow encounters a layer of warm air deep enough for the snow to completely melt and become rain. As the rain continues to fall, it passes through a thin layer of cold air just above the surface and cools to a temperature below freezing. However, the drops themselves do not freeze, a phenomena called supercooling (or forming "supercooled drops"). When the supercooled drops strike the frozen ground (power lines, or tree branches), they instantly freeze, forming a thin film of ice, hence freezing rain.


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hello Evelynn

you are reason, freezing rain can also be quite beautiful
on the trees but i don't love the freezing rain,
for me (as human) and more for birds & wild animals
and their habitat, the snow is always better than
the freezing rain, i think specially for birds like
the grouse, they can go under the snow doing
tunnels but not with the freezing rain,

another beautiful shot (close-up) of the freezing rain
on the tree branches, with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-26 21:26]

This is gorgeous, Evelynn. : )
Everything is so crisp and crunchy looking.
Crystal clear and sharp and well exposed to show the ice.
Wonderful composition.
I like the square format and the color of the frame.
TFS. : )

excellent view.

Hi Evelynn

This is amazing, I have seen on the news here that its been pretty cold with freezing rain and such like, but what a wonderful display of nature, the detail and colours are stunning, really nice work and well captured, all the best for the New Year.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-26 23:18]

Hello Evelynn,
What a wonderful pattern of frozen rain on the hanging red branches. Beautiful light and colours and very fine sharp details. I like your frame too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Evelynn

A beautiful by-product of freezing rain.
The red branches really make this a beauty.
Lovely DOF and POV.
Excellent sharpness and detail.


hello evelynn,
this looks so beautiful, i have never seen somthing like this, you have handeled the exposure well, a pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Evelynn
this is a composition very particular with details of effect. Great game of lights on crystals and the combunation of luminosity and dark colors
Happy new year

Hello Evelynn.
A image of intense visual impact!
A true sculpture of the nature.
Your look photographic is magical!
My compliments!
Josť Roberto

Dear Evelynn,
This is awesome. Very stunning photograph of crystal filigree. Excellent composition, light effect & POV. TFS.

superbe composition glaciale mais avec des couleurs qui rechauffent...un bon encadrement

Are we having fun yet Ev? Not me....I cannot get out the back door and barely the front..and my window ground floor is to the brim..snow and ice...what is next? GREAT use of artistic talents! Or as CB'ers would have said..."That is a BIG 10-4 good buddy"

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-12-28 22:46]

Oh how lovely. I love the red stems, they contrast so well against the frozen ice.
It is a very attractive bouquet Evelynn
Well done

hello Evelynn
very nice picture
beautiful with the red colour
greeting lou

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-30 20:20]

Hello Evelynn,
This looks like a close up of an elegant crystal chandelier. Beautifully done Evelynn.

Hi Evelynn,
first off,happy new year to you and yours!I like ma nature's artistry and this capture of yours shows well what a great artist she really is.This filigreed image has wonderful colour and the depth of field helps create a nice layered effect that serves this capture well.I like straight forward photos that show what the mood of the land is at the time of the capture and this photo does that very well.Thanks for showing what in my eyes is something that makes a statement about the time of year we live and that is done so very well.Very good note about the supercooling. Thanks for this view. Bob

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