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A Heavy Load

A Heavy Load
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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: 2008-12-31
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 24-70mm f2.8
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-31 8:44
Viewed: 3735
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found one more shot for my freezing rain series. One can imagine the weight added to these Douglas Fir branches... and this was not a severe storm! It is no wonder that so many trees break and fall. Moderately young trees bend all the way to the ground. My rhododendrons splay out like a squashed spider. They seem well adapted though and bounce right back up. The trees don't fare as well.


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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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-31 11:11]

Very nice capture Evelynn. they look like some drops of ice

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-31 12:23]

Hello Evelynn,
What amazing 'bubbles' of ice weighing down these Fir tree branches! I bet the ground is very icy and slippery too! I like the light and the dark background. Very well done!
TFS and all the best wishes for 2009! Ulla

Hi Evelynn and Happy New Year.

Your capture of freezing rain is well shown. The ice on the needles look like a semi precious stone called Peridot.
I'm not sure what is worse....freezing rain or -40 degree weather.

Cheers Evelynn, here's to a very happy and healthy 2009. Janice

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-31 15:05]

Interesting image Evelynn,
You have to wonder why the ice formed in such tiny ball like clusters. Very sharp detail and texture in this wonderful composition.
The dark BG. really accents the ice encrusted branch. I Like the tiny red specks, they add color.
"Happy New Year to you too!!

Doug fir smells real nice...but unfortunately that happens when it is cut and in a living room of a cabin in the mountains...but the freeze does well to it..It kills the beetles and such which destroy it so there is good in this image..maybe not for a driver but for a tree...well imaged!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-31 18:37]

Hello Evelynn,
First I must straighten something out MEN RULE well at least when the women let us. Secondly Happy New Year and thank you for all your great contributions on TN. Charming image with a great dark background to isolate the fir boughs.

Hi Evelynn, fantastic frozen composition, splendid light and great contrast against dark BG,
very well done

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-01 11:19]

Hello Eveline,

Nice ice pattern you have shown in your photo. I can feel the cold of the shiny ice! It looks great in the light of the flash against the darck background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-01 11:27]

Merhaba Evelynn,
Üzeri buzla kaplanmış bu bitkinin çok güzel bir fotosuyla 2009 yılına başlangıç yapmışsınız. Detaylar enfes görünüyor. Emeğine sağlık.
Happy and healty new year!
Best regards.


Hello Evelynn

Another beautiful artistic capture.The contrast is very good.
Lovely clarity and sharpness.
The flash really works well here.
Nicely composed in the frame.


hello Evelynn

living on a country where the winters are very cold
and having saw things like your image i can imagine
how heavy is this for the tree branches,
with the use of Flash you obtained a exceelent image
with the all black background and excellent luminosity
and details of the foreground with the vegetation
and the heavy freezing water, excellent nature Morte photo, TFS

Happy and Healthy Year for you and your husbund


Hello Evelynn,
I will only say that you are staying in a beautiful part of the world where you are blessed with natural crytals of supercooled ice. Very well composed & framed image. TFS & wish you too a very happy New Year 2009.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-10 12:54]

Hello Evelynn !
All your winter pictures look fantastic - cold but very beautiful ! :-) I specially like this one, because we can see the beautiful patterns the ice is making on the Fir tree, must be heavy, poor tree. I also like how branch and ice stand out against the black BG, very nice contrast. Very well done !

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