Theme: Freezing or Melting

Anything that is frozen or melting, literally or metaphorically. Examples include anything to do with snow/ice, movement that is frozen, something that is "frozen through time", a chocolate or candle melting, or someone having a meltdown.

This theme was suggested by whackamadoodle3000.

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Frost Flower FrostFlower Nikon D7000 & 18-140mm lens, 105mm, f/9, 1/160 s, ISO 200
3 Jan 2018

During a cold spell (a few degrees below freezing), the plant Verbesinia virginica (common name: Frostweed) in my backyard supported delicate frost flowers (water exuding from the split stem of the plant which freezes upon contact with the cold air) creating many interesting forms. This was a photographer's nightmare as there were hundreds of beautiful "flowers" to photograph.


Blades of grass

Olympus E-M10 Mark III ƒ/2.8 1/400 60 mm ISO800

I had to get right down for this one. It was taken at around 10am on a cold January, here in the UK. No post, straight out of the camera.

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Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 100-400 II at 400mm, F9, 1/125, ISO 100
January, 2017
Just saw this one cold morning in one lake in Dusseldorf.


Juda Ka Talab a frozen Lake in the mighty Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India.

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Date of capture : Dec 23, 2019


Frozen Mahonia

Olympus E-M10 Mark III ƒ/2.8 1/640 60 mm ISO800

I took this on the first day my 60mm macro lens arrived before I got used to how it works properly. Not bad for a first attempt. No post, straight out of the camera.

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Frozen Canal

Frozen Canal

Taken during Peak winter at Amsterdam.

Camera: Nikon D40 ƒ/5.6 1/100 55mm ISO400


Icicles frozen on a branch

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iPhone X, 28mm, f1.8, ISO 100, 1/60s

St. Marys, PA January 3, 2022

In the bottom right corner you can see water flowing. This water was splashing up onto a branch and freezing there as icicles.


Icy moss & fungi

Olympus E-M10 Mark III ƒ/4 1/125 60 mm ISO640

I took this and a series of photos whilst on a local woodland walk, the day after I got my new macro lens. The light was poor, but I'm pleased with how this came out. No post, straight out of the camera.

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Frozen Puddle

Frozen Puddle

Wahner Heide near Cologne/Germany, Feb 1991

Canon EOS 620, Fujichrome, "scanned" using Canon EOS-M

A frozen puddle, beginning to melt in the sunlight.

(remembered that image from my recent scanning session)

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