“Pebbles and Ice” was captured in a parking lot in Yosemite Valley with a macro lens and extension tubes in February of 2013. It was the day after I concluded teaching for the Ansel Adams Gallery a very satisfying “Winter Light” class during a week that was devoid of snow! But, it was one of the most spectacular stretches of sub-freezing temperatures I had ever experienced in the park. So, for many days after the class, I returned to study the ever-changing forms where we’d been working. It was magic and this frame celebrates just one instance. This pair of pebbles that could easily have been mistaken for the seeds from a milkweed plant, seemed to be floating in a spectacular complex galaxy. Though frozen in time, the lines and shapes were an extraordinary celebration of movement.
I like to brag that our workshop group photographed only three of Yosemite Valley’s icons over five days. There was just no incentive to do otherwise. What we found at our feet was far more compelling! The participants spent countless hours staring at the ground, discovering hidden landscapes in the frozen, fluid forms.