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Weekly Photo Challenge – Object

“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.”

James Joyce


This week mother nature let us know who’s boss here in South Carolina.  For weeks we’ve watched reports of freezing temps and snow in the Northern and Midwestern US. Through it all, we’ve stayed warm and cozy on our little island here in Coastal South Carolina. All of that blew away in an instant this week with a strong, frigid wind and an ice storm that wouldn’t quit. So naturally, I’ve chosen ICE as the “Object” of my response to Cheri’s photo challenge.


“Nothing that surrounds us is object, all is subject.”

Andre Breton

Truth is, I greatly respect and admire those who get up and go out into the cold day after day – I did it myself for many years. But most northern transplants (including yours truly), think we’ve left all of that long behind.  Our blood has grown thin and our fleece and down clothing has been donated, thrown out, or stuffed in the very back of our most remote closet.  Our boots are designed for fashion rather than function and hats are something we save for the golf course. Translation? We are totally unprepared for winter weather.


“The quality of beauty lies in how the beholder values an object.”

Toba Beta

Friends and family still living in cooler climes join us in laughter at the mess that is created in the south by an inch or two of ice or snow.  We have no snow plows, no salt trucks, no snow tires, no snow blowers, no ice scrapers.  Our bridges freeze up and access between many key locations is quickly lost.  Not surprisingly, our internet access and cable TV disappear almost instantly, but thanks to smartphones we are able to stay connected.  Restaurants, bars, schools and just about everything else closes, and all but the most critical medical care is unavailable.


“Poetry, history and philosophy all have the same object, and a very great object—Man and Nature. “

George Louis Leclerc Buffon

More importantly, the ice wreaks havoc with our power lines and sadly for those affected, the resources of our power companies are ill-prepared for the onslaught of customers in need.  Heating systems designed for minimal use are nowhere near up to the task of temperatures in the teens, and inundated  technicians are hard to find at 2 am when your heat goes out.  Those who resort to space heaters or open ovens are vulnerable to, and often victims of, fires.


“There is not one object in nature untouched by man that is not beautiful.”

Annie Besant

Fortunately, I was among those southerners who were not impacted by the issues surrounding the storm.  My heat stayed on as did my power, and my I-phone performed admirably :-).  I had no need to be on the road, nor did I mind cancelling any of my scheduled appointments.  Our weathermen had been unusually accurate and we were for the most part well-prepared when Leon hit.  We were lucky that unlike Atlanta, Leon arrived in our area during the evening hours when most of us were already off the roads and safe at home.


Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.”

Eberhard Arnold

The morning after the storm brought an eerie quiet to our little island and for those of us foolish enough to brave the elements, a unique shooting opportunity. Bundling up and heading out to capture Leon’s impact was challenging but amazing. The dunes and grasses were so beautiful that I forgot about the biting wind and the slippery slop underfoot. Truth be told, I totally enjoyed myself, although I wouldn’t want to make a habit of it!


“Let the form of an object be what it may, – light, shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.”

John Constable

It’s very unusual to have real bone-chilling cold here, so the plants and flowers were completely victimized by the ice — almost as if they’d been cryogenically preserved. Golden grasses were locked inside their icicles, glistening beautifully but frightfully fragile, breaking at the slightest touch. A thin layer of ice topped the lagoons, challenging the egrets and herons with a bizarre blast of bitterness seldom seen in the south.


“Great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object.”

Leonardo DaVinci

The macro world was every bit as lovely as the micro.  Golf fairways, normally lush and green even through winter, were covered with a light dusting of snow. One can only hope that they, like the plants that surround them, are able to recover once our more typical warmth returns.


“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it become, and ironically, the more real.”

Lucian Freud

One of the most amazing things to me was the way the ice formed in the shape of drips from the leaves of the plants.  How cold does it have to be for moving water to freeze???


“Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.”

Minor White

In closing, it wouldn’t be the south if I didn’t report on the state of our iconic palms. Here’s a look at how they fared in the storm.


“I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject….I want to come alive with the object.”

Andrew Wyeth


“No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.”

Elizabeth Bowen

Despite his best attempts, Winter Storm Leon has failed in his efforts to dampen my enthusiasm for the wonders of winter, on the important condition that it is short-lived. For the most part, the native plants will recover – proving the wisdom of landscaping with them in the first place. My thoughts go out to those of you facing a long winter ahead….and speaking of the amount of winter that actually remains – tomorow is Groundhog Day so good luck everyone!

Click here to see the objects studied by some other bloggers.


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  1. How beautiful … love ice, water drops … ice crystals, because it so fragile and still very powerful. Nature is one wonderful object and you have really captured it beautiful.

      • The one we suffered through left us without power or heat for 17 days in -20C temps. Yet, when the microwave beeped on again life returned to normal, unlike those who suffer floods or hurricanes. There is always something to be grateful for – sometimes we just have to dig deep to find it. 😉

      • Home in southeastern Ontario, January 1998 – two ice storms hit within days of each other. The whole power grid was knocked out – 1000 transmission towers collapsed and countless telephone poles toppled like dominoes. It resulted in the largest deployment of Canadian troops since the Korean War.

  2. Awesome photographs. I noticed that they are now naming winter storms like they do for hurricanes. When did that start happening? I guess I am out of touch with that as I was living in Cali and not Arizona. Oh, by the way, I had shorts on today. Guess you didn’t want to hear that!!!

  3. Oh, Tina–your pictures are beautiful. I am here in FL and we had 2-1/2 ‘inclement weather’ days off from work, but not pretty as yours! Thanks so much for the ‘like’ for my treasure photo. Much appreciated.

    • Thanks very much Paula. It was truly a winter wonderland here, quite extraordinary and very (thankfully) unusual. I had to finally come in when I couldn’t feel my fingers any more LOL!

  4. So Tina, this post is the answer to my question about your weather. You DO write a great post – and I love the photos. The Breton quote – wow – I should save that one. It speaks of non-separation: a good thing. I also moved south at one point – from upstate NY to western NC – and experienced the craziness a little snow causes. I know what you’re talking about. I’m glad you were able to get out and take advantage of that wonderful hush that happens when we’re all forced to stop, and to record the wacky icicles, the ice-coated grasses and that gorgeous lagoon landscape.

    • Thanks Lynn, you described it perfectly – a “wonderful hush” when the world is quite a different place! Yes we do laugh at the histronics cause by a minor freeze down here LOL. Hope all’s well at your end.

  5. The ice makes for beautiful photos, but it is not fun when it comes to walking and driving. Thanks for the like of my “Selfie” Weekly Photo Challenge post.

    • Hi Kathryn, First, thank you so much for your many wonderful comments. I’v not yet responded to comments from yesterday or today. Secondly, rest assured they have not disappeared. You actually commented on the individual photos versus the overall blog. So if you go back to the blog and click on the specific photos, you’ll see your comments there. I’m about to do my responses now so thanks again – you’ll hear from me soon!!!!

    • I hear you! My friend in Wisconsin has been keeping me updated on their winter. Trust me, you don’t want to go back!!!

      Sent from my iPad

    • Thanks so much Valentina. Although I did do awards when I initially started blogging, I’ve removed them from my posts since I changed to the current format. So I don’t do awards but sincerely appreciate the recognition and will definitely link back to you in my next post. Thanks again!

  6. Stunning photographs Tina, I can’t imagine why you weren’t in my follow list before now. I’ve now put that right and look forward to viewing more of your lovely work in future 🙂

  7. Wow. Tina, these are such beautiful shots…with ‘glistening’ and ‘lagoon’ being my favorites. Looks like you got the wintery-scenes you were asking for 🙂 Wish you a warm weekend.

    • Hey Randall-yep, you’re right, we have to be careful what we wish for LOL. I must admit thought, that I did enjoy our 2-day winter 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

      Sent from my iPad

  8. Oh Tina…these images are beautiful. So glad you braved the outside to capture them. I would be on my arse if I tried walking around on ice…not a good thing, so luckily where I live there is none.

  9. Gorgeous! There’s nothing like a “Southern Ice Storm” to capture intriguing images … and your explanations add to your beautiful photography.

  10. Awesome. 2 favorites: Ice Jackets and Lovely lagoon. I spent an afternoon taking photos of the snow/ice here in Mississippi. Already back in the 60’s today, but the ‘winter wonderland -Southern style’ was so pretty while it lasted!

  11. Your photos show the beauty of nature! Maybe especially because it is not ‘normal’. I just love the way you combine your story with taking us on a trip, this time around your back garden!

  12. You elevated my image of “ice” with this blog…. Love all the photos! Having lived in Atlanta all those years, more than one ice storm paralyzed our “slow to respond ” city….. Thank T !

  13. Okay, so now you are just showing off! just kidding – because that is the object – to show off those skills – and again I enjoyed your series. I enjoyed the first ones the most – the way you captured all of that ice with such clarity and beauty. and of course the text you add makes it an adventure. 🙂

    • 🙂 Thanks Yvette! Trust me, I was so cold out there my fingers didn’t work after a while so it’s amazing the shots had any clarity at all LOL. Appreciate your stopping by and your lovely compliment.

  14. Beautiful photos, again! I have family and friends throughout the South and have paid close attention to this recent storm. Thoughts with you

    • Many thanks BP. Thankfully it’s all melted by now and the plants seem to be recovering nicely. Today we’re back in the 60s altho many bridges were closed due to falling ice yesterday! Such a mess here when a rare winter event happens.

    • Thanks Vonn Scott. On my knees in the ice! Aperture mode, F/5.6 i think, ISO 200, with an 18-200mm zoom as close as I could get and still focus the lens. No polarizer, overcast sky so no direct sun. Actually found these the most interesting so took many of them. This was my favorite.

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