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Digital Ice

Strathbraan, Perthshire, Scotland

A cold, miserable day did not have me in the best frame of mind for image making. I was trudging up a hill track, looking for inspiration, but with little hope of finding any. As I passed by a large boulder, I noticed it was encased in a sheet of ice, which was unusual as a thaw had long since seen off most ice pockets. As I looked closer, I saw the lichens on the rock face showing through the ice. As I watched, I could see tiny air channels, caused by the thaw, opening up within the ice. The frozen fingers were constantly growing as I hurriedly set up my camera to capture the ever changing abstract patterns. Within minutes the digits had smothered the entire ice sheet like shattered glass. Photo © copyright by Graham Chalmers.

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