Winter inspiration – The beauty of our natural world

We were warned of the coldest winter on record; it seems the UK has slipped through a crack in the polar chill.

I’m glad to be warm – if wet – and happy to reminisce with these photos of the beauty of ice-sharp days in the ice of 2011!

Images of nature feed the creative mind as we find inspiration in the cycles of life, patterns of growth, and the textures, colours and forms that result. It’s a beautiful world!

ice crystal formation on leaves, inspiration for jewellery

I love how these ice crystals sweep out from edges…

ice crystals, beautiful patterns, inspiration for jewellery

burst like flowers from any surface…

ice crystal formation on grass

growing ever more complex

till the sun’s rays break the chill

contrasting texture and colour

And the ice recedes to give the earth a chance to recover

winter sunshine

before dusk.

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