Dark Frozen Water

Begwns Frozen Water Weed and Bracken

Most of the time a muddy frozen puddle looks exactly just that, but very occasionally it can look as if someone has painted it. What struck me about this shallow frozen pond, high up on the Begwns, was the contrast between the dark frozen water and wind blown powdered snow.

Static weather conditions can produce transitions that appear to be quite regular with each layer of ice forming neatly beneath the last. But when weather and temperature vary night to night the effects can become extraordinarily beautiful.

Successive daytime thaws followed by night-time freezes have trapped gas bubbles and wind blown snow particles that combine with the calligraphic forms of dead bracken and grasses to make a composition that reminds me of Turner’s elemental paintings.

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Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

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