Photographic Story ~
There are endless small scenes that appear when you begin to slow down and become intensely curious. I have told myself time and time again that if I actually know how to see photographically, I could literally go anywhere, in any conditions, any time of the year and find something interesting to photograph. That has become the easy part, (if anything easy about this actually exists).
A more challenging dilemma is, creating an interesting and visually appealing image. Something that is not just a picture of “this”. Rather something that is a representation of what “more” this is.
Can a leaf from a cottonwood tree be more than just a leaf? Maybe a group of leaves are a little better. Maybe late autumn color in the leaves are better still. Maybe a grouping of late autumn colored cottonwood leaves frozen in ice is better yet. Maybe if all this were arranged in an interesting composition is still better yet.
This was the case on this cold late during the transitioning time between autumn and winter. Was I just lucky to find this? Perhaps. What I find perhaps more surprising, is the fact that this small frozen display of cottonwood leaves were a mere few feet from a paved road. Everyone, including myself would just drive by and if best, notice a small frozen area along the side of the road.
It only took one remembrance, one flash of curiosity, one thought of, I wonder what that looks like, to make me stop, walk back to this small frozen ditch along the road and find what is now known forevermore as, Cottonwood Ice.