I take hikes in the woods with my dog Lucy to clear my head and commune with nature. This is a place where there are no distractions except for the occasional fellow hiker. During the quite, I spend time looking at color, shape, forums and lighting. I use this time as a visual exercise to keep my seeing sharp for my commercial work.
During the winter, as the streams freeze on the top with water streaming underneath, some very interesting imagery appears in the ice. Little bubbles get caught in the ice and create unique forms that give the appearance of strange looking creatures. At first they are hard to see but then they come to life as I study the ice for shapes and color.
Fellow hikers come along and have no idea why I am taking photos of the ground. I have been doing my ice work for the last several years. I do it mostly for my own personal enjoyment; however I do enter some of the images in gallery shows from time to time.
Since these images are abstracts, many people do not get them. They often ask me what the image is supposed to be. I tell them the image is whatever they want it to be.