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"Putting on the Dog"

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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: 2008-12-27 20:39
Viewed: 4686
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Super-cooled freezing rain coated my dogwood tree. (See below about freezing rain) Because it decorated my dogwood tree so elegantly, I thought of the expression "Putting on the dog" for the title.
"Put on the dog" is an expression that means 'to make a display of wealth or importance, especially by dressing stylishly and flashily'. It's similar in meaning to the later expression "put on the ritz."

"Put on the dog" dates back to American college slang of the 1860's and is recorded in Lyman H. Bagg's" Four Years at Yale" (1871): "Dog, style, splurge. To put on dog is to make a flashy display, to cut a swell." At about the same time, the related adjective doggy was a popular slang term meaning 'attractively stylish; costly; fancy'.

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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Love it Evelynn I enjoy that you can share the beauty that we have in our area with others. Love the title.

Hello Evelynn

The dogwood seems to be giving the crystal ice a rose hue.Very subtle but beautiful.
A natural masterpiece.I am glad that the branches are capable of supporting the weight without breaking or bending.
A lovely composition.
I figure ice storms are a bit like performance art.You must catch the masterpieces like this before it is gone forever.


Hi Evelynn,
While ice storms cause damage and disruption, they also can bring beauty as this excellent image documents. The green leaves on the bush in the background look strangely out of place, but adds wonderful contrast to the image. Seasons greetings to you and yours my friend.

hello Evelynn

in the last days here in Montréal area we had freezing rain
and as i wrote you, i love much more the snow,
beautiful composition with the little branches
surrounded by the freezing rains, TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-28 10:26]

Hi Evelynn

Elle and NatGeo all in the same post? How cool is that! :)) I enjoyed your very nice and original title+note as well as the beautiful shot here!
We don't have freezing rains here at all so it's interesting for me to watch what such phenomena can produce.
And this is a perfect result for a nice abstract photo!
I love the texture here and the mosaic it creates in such a compact composition.
The only nit here that i can think of is the small DOF...but i'm guessing you didn't have a tripod and since the rather long shutter speed for a handheld...well :)
But, even so, i think this is a great idea and result.

Bravo and TFS

It is a well pictured photo (?redundant) of something I used to have fun with back in the 70's in Ohio..not sure why....scary if your in the wrong place at the wrong time....Not sure what damage it does to natural things tho...well described of course..and something with which i am very familair from ages ago...it happns here too but not quite this way!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-28 19:31]

Hello Evelynn,
Love the composition and the greenery in the BG. which helps to bring out the lovely light illuminating the ice formations.
This happens occasionally here in the winter when the conditions are just right. I always marvel when the trees and bushes are adorned in such a beautiful way. TFS.

Hi Evelynn,

nice artistic capture from this ice freezing rain on your tree.
Good pov and beautiful colours.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-12-28 22:57]

Hello Eveline,

What a fine image you have captured with this plant covered by ice. It has such a fine pattern and makes a fine contrast with the green leaves from the background.

Thank you for sharing,

hello Evelynn

very sharp the ice on the tree
i like the picture

greeting lou

hi Evelyn

Very nice icy artwork created by nature and a scene which always captivates attention. Such a great display of white crystalline needles.

Amazing scene of winter.

tfs, bill

hello Evelynn!
but in Oregon is so cold?
fascinating creation!
best wishes for happy 2009

Hi Evelynn,
That pink color is really amazing. its very interesting to see how the ice has been colored by the red twigs of the doogwood. It looks like the ice rain came very sudden, the leaves in the BG still look in such good shape.

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