Beauty at the edges

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While the icy edges initially attracted me to this location, I also liked the crystal clear water revealing the jumbled rocks below.

Beauty is often at the edges. It’s the aberration that often changes a nice scene into a great one.

Last fall I found myself checking out the creeks in the mountains. There were sharp reminders that winter was on the way. The coolness in the air had worked its way into icy crystals in the water.

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I loved the intricate and uneven edges of the ice. What a remarkable way to make what will become a solid piece of ice.

I found myself fascinated by the edges where the flowing water met the ice. It seemed like a wintery tug of war as the water and ice gained and lost territory with the fluctuating temperatures. Yet still the plucky water defied the ice in this game that was inevitably slipping from its grip.

I knew that the creeks were in a constant state of change and photos in this place tomorrow might not only be different but radically so. It served to remind me that what I was witnessing was special.

As began to lose the light, I packed my gear and left the icy edges to the night. Thankfully no cameras were dunked in the making of these photos.


The evening light combined with ice crystals hanging in the water attracted me to this area. The battle between ice and water rages on.

Latest Comments

  1. Scott Marshall says:

    Yes Lyle loved them all intrigued as to how you shot the last shot – is it a mini landscape?


  2. melodylowes says:

    ‘Beauty at the edges’….at the very places where the battle over whether we will succumb to the frost or hang on to our liquidity, to life. I think you are on to something here…


  3. Outlier Babe says:

    I’ve never seen a photo like that first one. There’s such a powerful feeling of movement in all parts of the water–under the ice, and even IN the frozen ice. I think it’s the contrast with the stability and solidness of the rock–its definite unmoving nature–which helps achieve that. My favorite of the three.


  4. Jocelyne says:

    So very beautiful Lyle. The shape and details of the ice is amazing and you captured it beautifully. That last image is really beautiful, it looks as if you’d been photographing a waterfall from the air 🙂


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Glad you like them. The last one definitely has a mysterious effect about it making one wonder what it is. I had originally left the edges of the moss show to give it some perspective but opted for mystery. The whole area is only a couple of feet.


  5. Phil Lanoue says:

    I enjoyed seeing what I consider to be considerably interesting and far from the normal view we might typically see of scenes such as this. Good eye to spot and photograph these details.
    I would have fallen in.


  6. anotherday2paradise says:

    Beautiful, but so cold images, Lyle. 🙂


  7. Steve Gingold says:

    I am also enamored with the frozen edges, Lyle. There are so many possibilities and, while the shapes often are similar to others, there is extreme variety. I enjoy finding the clearest of ice allowing a view through to the streambed below and sometimes the light hits them just right and there are captured prisms. Ice is nice. 🙂


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I would have guessed you would enjoy the frozen edges as well. There are really so many variations and potential shots that even after going after a number of them, I had the sense that if I had more time I would have found much better ones. Once again the art of deleting was challenging.


  8. mimar9 says:


    Centered direction results in, yea, you guested it,

    More comprehensive focus, now don’t you contest it!

    Rocks will basically manifest it,

    And then watered down, what do you do with it?

    Southernly engaged, you got it!

    Turn the page, as quickly or perhaps this time a little more slowly, as you are compelled to do.

    And now, most appreciatively, back over to you!



  9. mihrank says:

    Reblogged this on mihran Kalaydjian and commented:
    Beauty at the edges


  10. mflahertyphoto says:

    Love that last image especially! The edge of everything is best I think. But it can be risky too! Haha.


  11. Garden Walk Garden Talk says:

    Very nice ice shots, I may miss winter now that muddy spring has arrived. Time to make lemonade out of lemons.


  12. Dick Trew says:

    Lyle, these are simply beautiful! Macro photography in the “interstitial zone” shows fragile structures and amazing light play. Thank you


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