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Every once in a while there is a wonderful convergence, a perfect storm. I noticed the combining elements of water, wind and freezing cold temperature one day along the banks of the Maumee River. In the dense undergrowth, withered weeds and other dried up flora, I saw that on certain rare early mornings ice formed in amazing patterns along the river shores splashed here and there fast frozen in gem like shapes.
As a photographer, I am all about the discovery of shapes and patterns in the raw of everyday experience. Nature holds a few tricks up its sleeve; tricks that enchant and amaze human perception (who knows Nature may even surprise itself). It is true too that these events are of short duration. So it is that these fast freeze occasions generally last but a few hours. Oh, the lucky photographer who can quickly shoot these instantly melting gems. Such delight as the river water laps against these natural creations; light wavers and flickers for the eyes delight.
Transitive Nature speaks to the lapidarian spirit. To love light in all its permutations enhances the human experience to the highest level of the sublime. The photographer can be but a humble servant, allowing Nature to take its course. Fleeting are surprises, what is left along our river journeys are the gems of experience.
Louis Staeble lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. Lately his photographs have appeared in magazines Agave, Blinders Journal, Digital Papercut,"Driftwood", Four Ties Literary Review, Gravel, "Iron Gall", Microfiction Monday, On The Rusk, "Paper Tape Magazine", "Tupelo Quarterly", Up The Staircase Quarterly and Your Impossible Voice. His web page can be viewed at http://staeblestudioa.weebly.com. Currently he has photographs on exhibition at Grounds For Thought in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Photography is the medium with the use of both digital and roll film.