Tuesday, January 24, 2012

W4W - Reflection in a Crystal Palace

Over the last few days, we have had several ice storms that covered trees, shrubs, lawn, and garden beds with a cloak of crystalline shimmering magic. When I walk outside, the ice-covered surroundings make me feel as if I have entered a crystal palace.

Light reflects off of every surface, and the ice glistens and sparkles like everything has been polished and shined. 



 The branches glisten even in the gray smoke of fog, melting just enough to create soft and slippery thorns.


Donna at Garden Walk Garden Talk is hosting Word for Wednesday with the word, reflection.


Reflection - the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected; something reflected or mirrored


Light is reflected in various ways through the ice. The pearly incandescence of fog buffs a muted reflection.




Encased in the ice are delicate buds, branches, and leaf tips that sometimes reflect the light to duplicate or blur reality.


I wish I were small enough to step inside these crystal beads to see what is inside--a drop of glory or the tip of a leaf or cracked silver.




With the blackness of light, the street lamps travel through the ice of the crystal palace to glimmer evermore.


Alas, evermore has faded into liquid glaze. The rain has come today and washed the crystal palace away. Although I am glad the frozen glass has finally melted away from the garden, I will miss the magic and mystery of crystal reflections.


To see more interpretations of the word, reflection, visit Garden Walk Garden Talk.
© copyright 2012 Michelle A. Potter

65 comments:

  1. Your ice captures are spectacular! We got a lot of rain this past week too. In fact today was the first day I was able to walk out in the garden.

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  2. I loved your crystal palace reflections. Beautiful images and like you said to be small enough to see inside. So much to imagine, but think of looking out from one of these frozen circular windows to the world.

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  3. Cool pictures. I especially like the one with the red leaves (a viburnum maybe? the one right after the juniper). What great composition and color in that one!

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  4. Your photos look like they were taken in Narnia. How magical!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

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  5. I'm loving these ice photos! They are deceptively beautiful since the ice can cause such damage. Thanks for sharing your incredible shots!

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  6. The ice crystals really draw one in. I like all the layers of color in the one you took by street light.

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  7. @Karin / Southern Meadows Today, the temperature was in the 60's after a few days of freezing temperatures and ice. At least I got some work done in the garden. :)

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  8. @Donna What a lovely image of looking out from frozen circular windows! I worried about the plants, but it was a joy to explore the palace. BTW...the plants are fine...tougher than I thought!

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  9. @Sharon@SproutsandWildlings The ice distorts its shape. It is a small oakleaf hydrangea leaf. Thanks for your kind words.

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  10. @Jessica Thanks, Jessica. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. @Cindy Garber Iverson Hmm-m-m...Narnia...that would be nice. I like the thought of entering a magical world.

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  12. @PlantPostings It is a deception...one I was ready to go along with. Thankfully, all the plants are doing well and are no worse for wear.

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  13. @GirlSprout I was not sure how those would turn out. I am glad they turned out to be even more magical.

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  14. Beautiful pictures - I love the icicles.

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  15. Such beauty reflected and suspended in ice :-) Thanks for braving the cold to share your wonderful photos with us!

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  16. Very beautiful photos of your winter wonderland!

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  17. Poor old plants - how they suffer during winter - hard to think they will survive after all they have been through - nevertheless the ice does produce something worth taking photos of.

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  18. Sage Butterfly an awesome study of frozen drips.

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  19. @Malinda It seemed as if everywhere there were these icicles, however small they be.

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  20. @Toni - Signature Gardens Thanks, Toni. Sometimes it was a challenge on the hill, but I was transfixed by this rare sight.

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  21. @dorothy Thanks, Dorothy. I enjoyed the beauty of the ice, but I do prefer snow for my winter wonderland.

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  22. @elaine rickett I was worried for the plants as well, but I checked most of them yesterday and they are all doing well. They are amazingly tough, and I am grateful.

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  23. @Bumble Lush Kitchen Garden I did not expect them to be so enticing, but then magic happened.

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  24. Gorgeous images! I love the way the street lights made everything light up like magic. Ice can be so destructive, we rarely wish for it, but when it comes, it has a beauty of its own that is unlike any other.

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  25. beautiful images of the ice on branches and trees

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  26. Oh what a spectacular magical world---your photos speak volumes, and I'm lost in the beauty of their story---we've had no Winter here to speak of---and I sorely miss the magic of Old Man Winter.

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  27. You mentioned the wright word Magic for these photo's. Must be strange this vieuw is out of you garden now.
    Have a nice day
    Marijke

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  28. @catharine Howard Thanks, Catharine. This was the first time I looked closely.

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  29. Looking at the close-ups of the droplets of water I can't help thinking of the expression "frozen in time." So very magical!

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  30. @HolleyGarden I was worried that the ice may have damaged the plants. I was surprised that they are still going strong.

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  31. @Crafty Gardener I never looked at these with such clarity before.

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  32. @Angie I miss winter as well. We have had a few dustings and this ice storm, but then it goes into the 60's...

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  33. @marijke It is strange...everything is back to normal...as if the ice was never there.

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  34. @Christine @ The Gardening Blog Thanks, Christine. I have been looking forward to snow, but this turned out to be an adventure anyway.

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  35. @Rosemary I do wish I could be inside one of those ice drips...it would be magical.

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  36. Your photos are all so marvelous, even if i haven't seen any scenes like these, at least i feel like i already did. thanks.

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  37. @Andrea Usually I view these ice storms from the window. It was interesting to go out and view it up close.

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  38. It's just so awesome! I wish to have snow too but the feeling of cold? no...no.... ;)

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  39. Wow, the dripping branches are stunning. A magical winter world!

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  40. Ice storms are my least favorite type of weather--they make it dangerous to drive and often are destructive. But you've shown a whole other side to them--beautiful images of your crystal palace!

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  41. Great photos. Magical moments - how cold it must be where you are now. Nothing is melting. Stay warm.

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  42. Fanciful and extraordinary! I garden in zone 10 and never get to see my garden covered with ice, so this was a real treat for me. What zone or state do you garden in?

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  43. Dear Michelle, Incredible images! And a perfect interpretation of the W4W. P. x

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  44. Your crystal palace images are enchanting! I'm still a little girl at heart, and I do love things that glitter!

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  45. What a beautiful crystal palace you found yourself in!

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  46. Your photos capture the stunning magic ice brings to the objects it covers. Beautiful.

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  47. @Malar I know how you feel. I don't like cold either, but I love snow and the seasons....so I bear with it.

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  48. @Rose I feel as you do, but there is a beauty in all of it. I am glad they do not happen often.

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  49. @Tufa Girl It is cold, but we have had some warm days. Overall, this winter has been relatively mild compared to past winters.

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  50. @Lisa Even though we get these ice storms some winters, they are rare. I garden in zone 7a.

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  51. @Pam's English Garden Thanks, Pam. This was the first time I went out in the ice. It was nice to discover the beauty in this rare event.

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  52. @debsgarden So am I, Deb. It was fun to explore my crystal palace.

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  53. @Cat I am glad I went outside to look more closely.

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  54. @joene It really is incredible how it surrounds everything with this smooth glaze.

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  55. amazing, amazing photos, you took my breath away...and I was here just to say congrats on the blog award from Virginia. Kisses.

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    1. Thanks, unikorna! I am very honored. Thanks for visiting!

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  56. How beautiful! We had an ice storm, and I took pictures of the plants incased in ice, but we didn't have icicles. Magic!

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    1. Thanks, Tatyana. I had never explored the ice as I did for these photos. It was truly an adventure.

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  57. I know ice can do a lot of damage to trees, but it really is beautiful. I especially loved your nighttime shots. -Jean

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    1. I am so grateful that the ice did not damage any of the trees and plants. It was beautiful...

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I see 'em bloom for me and for you
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