Frosted Plant Sweat
|Copyright: Michael Sirois (msirois)
|Date Taken: 2004-12-25|
|Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-200AF XR|
|Exposure: f/6.7, 1/2000 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-03-17 8:44|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This was taken on Christmas morning, 2004. We were visiting my wife's sister and her husband, Lyndy and Steve Sherman. They live in Canyon Lake, Texas, in Central Texas' hill country. When Minay and I left Houston the afternoon before, it had just started to snow. Snow in Houston is an extremely rare occurence, happening only once every ten years or so, and only staying on the ground for a day or two at most. We thought we might get to have a snowy Christmas, but the clouds dissipated as we drove westward, and we spent two clear, sunny days in Canyon Lake.|
When we got up Christmas morning, we all noticed a strange white growth on many of the plants lining the hillside below the house, so we went down to investigate (cameras in hand, of course).
It had been cold during the night, below the freezing level (just barely), and the plants had apparently decided to divest themselves of water to keep from freezing internally. As they sweated moisture, it froze in thin striated sheets. The piece in Steve's hand was just a small piece of a large sheet that had gathered under one of the plants.
The only post-processing done was to adjust the levels a little, sharpen and resize the image before uploading.
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Good capture, I've seen these formations before growing right out of the ground. I've posted them here on Tl.
I have never seen this sort of thing before. Amazing what nature can do. I found your note very educational. I learned something today. Thanks for that. This is a great macro.
Sorry, out of points for today.