Here in upstate New York, we've escaped the terrible ice storms that afflicted other parts of upstate New York, and other parts of our nation.
However, our winters are long, and cold, and we do not escape ice all together.
Ice is the enemy as far as I'm concerned. To me, ice is not nice. I've never gotten into winter sports that depend on ice, such as ice skating or ice fishing.
But ice can also be a thing of beauty. Nature, many times, is both beauty and danger all rolled into one package.
My "guest photographer", a friend who lives out in the countryside some miles from Binghamton, New York, provided me with these recent photos taken at her country home for this Wednesday's "Winter Wonders".
My friend called this one an "ice garden". In a way, I can see a garden in there, even though, to me, the crystals look more like evergreen branches. Do you see a garden in this picture?
I've taken a lot of pictures of snow, but haven't tried much ice photography. My iPhone doesn't focus as well on small objects as my camera used to.
As I grow older (I'm 61 years old) I find my balance is not what it used
to be, and I am thinking about how best to regain my balance. I fall
one or two times a winter, and have been lucky that I have not hit my
head. But my last winter fall jarred my spine pretty good, and I have
come to dread winter.
Do you (if your climate has it) enjoy winter?