“Let us simmer over our incalculable cauldron, our enthralling confusion, our hotchpotch of impulses, our perpetual miracle – for the soul throws up wonders every second. Movement and change are the essence of our being; rigidity is death; conformity is death; let us say what comes into our heads, repeat ourselves, contradict ourselves, fling out the wildest nonsense, and follow the most fantastic fancies without caring what the world does or thinks or says. For nothing matters except life.” – Virginia Woolf
The title came to me instantly, as I watched this natural cauldron with fascination, as the water boiled and seethed, like a living being, clawing upwards, through a fissure in the surrounding ice, it’s only escape from the pressure below.
You see, the rapid thaw generally ran across the ice of Duffins Creek, this February afternoon, but in some places, the water was forced beneath heavy sheets of ice, with nowhere to go. The pressure built and built till a small imperfection the ice offered an escape. This hole became that escape. It was the only opening in the ice for several hundred yards and the water seemed to literally boil forth. The hole must have been there for a while, as a frozen ‘lip’ or ‘fringe’ formed around the edges, catching the sunlight and glowing from within, making the scene that much more captivating. The surrounding ice looks like it’s loosing structure and I’m sure the phenomenon did not last long, but I did not have the opportunity to return later in the day.
This is yet another of those temporary moments where nature reveals a small part of her wonder in the most ordinary places. Nature throws up her wonders by the second and I’m happy to partake as often as I can.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 135mm 1/8 sec, f/32, ISO 250
It appeared that the water was escaping from beneath the weight of the ice and dancing across the rocks and another more appropriate title did not come to mind.
The early afternoon light filtered through from behind me and lit up some of the rocks, creating a beautiful glow on the rocks under the fast moving water. Once more, I tried to convey the sense of movement and urgency by doing a long exposure. There will likely be more in this series over the next few days.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 78mm 1/8 sec, f/32, ISO 250