"Celadon" - Cracked blue ice atop Dolly Sods, West Virginia

This simple image was taken on the top of Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia. With only a few inches of snow on the dirt forest roads to the top, I managed to make my way up there for sunset. The sunset was colorful and intense, but most of all I enjoyed these potholes filled with water that had frozen into interesting patterns. The radiating cracks out of the center really were interesting to me, and the blue sky reflecting above helped make the ice look even more blue as the light faded to dusk. The image reminds me of a type of glaze known as celadon that originated in China. The glaze can be anywhere from pale white to cerulean blue to slightly green, and often is often crackled extensively with "crazing". I think that viewing other types of art and then incorporating those ideas into my photography is very important to help keep things fresh for me.

"Celadon" - Crackled ice atop Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.

"Celadon" - Crackled ice atop Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia.

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4 @ 104mm. 10 seconds, f/16, ISO 400.

One of my celadon teapots. A small 180ml (6 oz.) Longquan Ge Yao "Ice Veins" from China.

Techs: iPhone :)

"Inner Workings" - Ice patterns, Mason Neck State Park, Virginia

It's weird, spring is finally arriving but still I'm digging back through some images captured this winter. It seemed wrong to let them sit there on my hard drive unused and unloved. The following was taken after a very long and deep freeze (by Virginia standards). I loved the way these bubbles took on unique shapes and how they formed both above and under the beech leaf. The image reminds me of some sort of inner mechanics of a watch or something. I'll be out in the field later today to search for some flowers to photograph ... perhaps you all will get to see them soon!

"Inner Workings" - Ice patterns, Mason Neck State Park, Virginia.

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4 @ 70mm. .6 seconds, f/22, ISO 100. Polarizer. Tripod.

"Mason's Nebula" - Ice patterns and beech leaf, Mason Neck State Park, Virginia

I never get tired of photographing ice. Even with spring approaching, I would happily continue photographing the infinte shapes, textures, and lines found within ice. Each trip in search of ice is always different, and I love that. In this image, a small pond at Mason Neck State Park had frozen over completely during an extended cold snap. I doubt this has happened even once in the previous decade. The pond contained many bubbles that rose from the depths, likely caused by decomposing matter along the bottom. The bubbles in this image seemed to originate from and around this beech leaf. The way the pockets of air have been elongated and frozen in place reminded me of a nebula giving birth to stars. 

Next week I will be heading down to Florida for a week of family vacation and a bit of photography. I'm so excited to see my first green leaves of the year, and hope to get a few new images while out kayaking and exploring the many parks of central Florida. Peace out, homies!

"Mason's Nebula" - Ice patterns and beech leaf, Mason Neck State Park, Virginia.

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4 + 500D Closeup filter @ 78mm. 0.4 seconds, f/22, ISO 100. Tripod. Polarizer.

"Finding Love" - Ice Patterns, Great Falls National Park, Virginia

Why couldn't I have found this charming scene before Valentine's Day? Damn! Let's try to forget about my poor timing, alright? I found this pattern in ice along a small stream in Great Falls National Park, Virginia. I was immediately drawn to the heart shaped hole in the ice. I had to use it in a composition. To me, the lines surrounding, curving up and down, and all around the heart symbolize a search for love. Yeah, yeah. Cut me some slack, I'm an artist!

"Finding Love" - Ice Patterns, Great Falls National Park, Virginia

The scene at Great Falls that morning was really something else. I've never seen the Potomac River so crowded with ice. In fact, I can't ever remember a time that there were icebergs floating down the river. This consistent cold has really provided me with some exciting photographic opportunities. It's not even close to being over yet. Rest assured, you'll be seeing quite a few more ice images.

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4 @ 172mm. .6 seconds, f/32, ISO 100. Polarizer. Tripod.

"Fault Line" - Ice patterns, McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Maryland

The weather last week was finally cold enough to form some interesting ice patterns here in the northern Virginia area. Traveling just a bit further north to McKee-Beshers WMA, I found even more ice formed in the numerous puddles located on the property. Initially I was attracted to the elongated cell-like structures found in this puddle, but as I drew closer I noticed the distinct line of darker ice running through the middle. It formed the perfect line to create movement within the composition.

"Fault Line" - Ice patterns, McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Maryland

Techs: Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4 + 500D Closeup Filter @ 154mm. 1/4th second, f/22, ISO 100.