NEGLECTED BEAUTY

I pushed myself out of the house early the other day, hoping to find interesting subjects to photograph. I didn’t know where I was headed, but there was pretty hoar frost on the ground and it wouldn’t last.

I drove east, thinking about a river that softly winds through farms and open land. But just a few minutes from home I noticed heavy frost in the fields of a vegetable farm. No one seemed to be around, so I pulled into the loading area.

It looked like a  hurriedly abandoned stage set, with wooden palettes, bundles of plastic tarps, irrigation equipment, and the smaller “props” of paper cups and gloves strewn haphazardly about, and feathered with frost.

Weed-choked rows of cabbage and chard opened frost-fuzzed leaves to the sun. Why wasn’t the field fully harvested?

Tangles of tarps caught the sunlight. The bloom of frost softened the folds, creating modern versions of Old Master paintings (to my eye anyway!).

An empty gas can wore a crown of frost feathers.

It had been a very satisfying morning shoot. I was cold and hungry – time to leave, but first, one last shot of the wheel line irrigation equipment.

You may wonder why there’s all this irrigation equipment if you know Seattle’s reputation for abundant rain. Actually summers here are dry as a bone so farms and gardens are often irrigated in the growing season.

I’m beginning to think this beautiful hoar frost is fairly common here. I almost never saw frost like this around New York, yet winters in New York are plenty cold – much harsher, in fact. Oh well, there’s still a lot to learn about my new home! And to that end, I found this short weather video explaining how hoar frost forms.


47 comments

  1. Beautiful images…and it sounds like your excursion is a bit like some of my wanderings…just head-out into the city and surround and look for something…anything. Very nice, Lynn.

  2. These are stunning shots, your depth of focus is astonishing. They feel sad though. As you say, I wonder why the cabbages weren’t harvested, my mind is busy filling in all sorts of scenarios to explain the chaotic abandonment.
    Its amazing how many shapes you have spotted and I like the way the frost has accentuated them.

  3. I skim a lot and usually just pass over many…just because there are soooo many. But this one caught my eye and I had to stop and look…closely. Just spectacular.

  4. What beautiful photos! Just goes to show you that with the right person behind the lens, even the utterly mundane – a paper cup – can look beautiful when photographed. And thanks for stopping by my blog, too. Jeanne

    • I’m so glad you liked them. I know it’s a mix of typical shots, like the frosty flowers, and odd ones, like the tarps, so it may not be to everyone’s taste. So thanks for chiming in!

  5. I really enjoy those pictures, beauty is hidden and you are like a treasure catcher, childhood isn”t far when you dare to go into abandoned spots like that. I was by you for each picture. Thank you ;O)

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  7. Oh wow- what a find! Sounds like you wandered into quite the mystery there… I’m sure the most interesting story is the one you can create out of your discoveries…

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