Flashback Friday: Flash-frozen

I have been known, on several occasions, to post mid- and late-winter flashbacks of warmer times to try to dispel the bleak doldrums of seasons of extended cold. While I am in no way eager to time-warp ahead past what’s left of summer or (perish the thought!) what autumnal glories yet await us in the near future, the past few days here have been oppressively warm and humid, and I find myself wishing for a quick reminder of a cooler time to help me to wait it out. This is a shot that I made just a bit more than 6½ years ago, while I was living in northern Virginia and commuting into Washington, DC for work.

Flash-frozen 2087I’ve always loved studying the effects of a freezing rain, and as I walked most cautiously to the subway in the early morning, all of the trees and bushes around me were encased in a thin, uniform coating of ice, transforming the familiar vegetation into a magical maze of crystalline wonder.

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15 Responses to Flashback Friday: Flash-frozen

  1. and you are one who suggests that I was looking too far ahead! Luckily I understand the motivation of the seasons and our place within them. Cheers

    • krikitarts says:

      Excuse me, David, but as you say, you were indeed looking ahead, seemingly wishing for a skipping, of sorts, of the intervening time; my post, on the other hand is but a fond recollection of a single refreshing morning imbedded in clear memory. Be that as it may, we are indeed fortunate to be among those who appreciate our place within the seasons. And that we live where there are real seasons!

  2. Vicki says:

    What a great image.
    Cools me down just looking at it.
    Hope the humidity and heat reduce soon, Gary.

    After a spectacularly warm and very Spring-like day yesterday, the news forecast last night announced we will have a particularly warm and dry Spring down-under in Australia.

    Perish the thought! Last summer was bad enough with record-breaking temps & lack of rain.

    • krikitarts says:

      Aahh, thank you, Vicki, that was my hope–but you’re just coming into the warmer weather, so it’s especially kind of you to say that it cools you down. I hope you get the rain you need–we had a most-welcome torrential downpour today!

  3. RobynG says:

    Noooo….I am not ready to think about winter again! We have had such a mild summer that I haven’t had to wish for cooler temps. Your image is lovely though, and definitely a flash back to last winter! Ice encased branches were a common site.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful image, Gary, certainly the better for being in colour -those little rednesses really do it! And I know just what you mean about oppressive warmth and humidity – it gets to me increasingly with the passing of the years. Adrian

  5. authormbeyer says:

    We had some of this in Dallas this last winter. I nearly broke my leg because the car wouldn’t start, I had no food in the house, and my son and I had to walk on ice for five blocks to Jack in the Box. The dang city was shut down.

    • krikitarts says:

      Such circumstances are not always an ill wind, and though your experience resulted in some serious travails, surely there’s a kernel of inspiration for a new scene/chapter/book in the process. I’d say it’s worth looking at as an opportunity, rather than a disaster.

  6. Emily Gooch says:

    LOL, I can see the hot summer heat is really getting to you. Though I have to say this is a refreshing image. Stay cool.

    • krikitarts says:

      That is, indeed, my plan, and I’ll take what comes as it comes and savor it as best I can. A refreshing memory, however, is well worth the effort it takes to resurrect and present it.

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