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Is there too much colour in your life?  The only vivid colour in winter on the prairies is blue – the amazing crystal clear blue sky and brilliant sunshine.  The view of the sky is unblocked by annoying trees and mountains from which so many other locations suffer.  But all else is white, grey, or very subtle browns, yellows and reds of dormant branches.

This winter landscape opens the eyes to subtlety of colour; appreciation of horizontal line; sharpness of contrast.

Thank goodness it’s over for another year!   The real problem with the prairie winter is its length.

Still a little cool by the lake

Still a little cool by the lake last Sunday but today Friday it is 30c

As we walk along the beach next to the remaining ice, we hear tinkling sounds. It’s like a room full of crystal chandeliers blowing in a breeze from an open window.  As we look we see beautiful shards of ice being knocked over by gusts of wind or gently moving ripples in the lake.  It’s a magical sound and a mystical sight with so much ‘crystal clear ice’

As the pack-ice melts it forms into cylindrical crystals which beak into shards

As the pack-ice melts it forms into cylindrical crystals which beak into shards

The crystals are very strong when pressure is applied straight down. but very flimsy when pressure is applied from the side.  The wind knocked these over with a wonderful tinkling sound.

The crystals are strong when pressure is applied straight down, but very flimsy when pressure is applied from the side. The wind knocked these over creating a wonderful tinkling sound.

The ice shards form wonderful abstract sculptures on the beach

The ice shards form hundreds of abstract sculptures on the beach.

Crystlas and Sky 5

We look across the lake and see areas of open water and waves still frozen in time.

The crystals reach dramatically towards the sky

The crystals reach dramatically towards the sky

The crystals stand out against the clouds

They stand out against the clouds

The lake is returning to its liquid state

The lake is returning to its liquid state. Notice the bright colours of the stones caught up in the waves then frozen in place

Remains of a frozen wave and deposits of snow.

Remains of a frozen wave and deposits of snow. The green patches in the background around the pools of water are tops of ice crystals reflecting colour from the lake bed and sky.  When the crystals are moved we find they are actually crystal clear pea ices of ice., as seen in the images above.

These moments of ice sculpture don’t last long, often just a few days then it’s summer again.  Today we are wearing shorts and basking in the summer temperatures.  I think there is a large red switch somewhere that is turned on to change from winter to summer.  Who needs spring? It’s so good to hear and see the birds again.   Yesterday there were no leaves, today dozens of trees are burst into leaf.  The amazing season of growth has started again.

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