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Feather down. I find little feathers all around the pond...left by ducks preening themselves each time they get out of the water.
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Jan 23 2013 20:06 GMT senna3
At first I thought of a supernatural phenomenon in Florida, i.e. a hairfrosted tree!
Jan 23 2013 20:23 GMT marijke06
Jan 23 2013 20:26 GMT inna68
Wow.....so macro and so soft, it looks like a iceflower!!!! 8-)
Jan 23 2013 20:36 GMT inna68
Yes....wow!!!!!! A beautiful iceflower. 8-)
Jan 23 2013 21:30 GMT junne PRO
outstanding close up
Jan 24 2013 00:23 GMT fhelsing PRO
a beautiful image!
Jan 24 2013 01:19 GMT potterjo
Jan 24 2013 03:09 GMT martini957
Down right pretty
Jan 24 2013 03:55 GMT larrybenedict
Peter, I was thinking (at the time of my posting this) of frost crystals, but of course, it seems never to get cold enough for good frost crystals where I live, but we do have frost sometime at around 35 degrees if there is enough moisture in the air.
Jan 24 2013 03:57 GMT larrybenedict
Coming from you Marijke, a real compliment. You are the Queen of the macro shots.
Jan 24 2013 03:58 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Inna. "Potterjo" post the only frost flowers I have seen here on FT
Jan 24 2013 04:00 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks G√ľnter. Probably those orange corners that really "set it off!" :-)) That and bright sunlight.
Jan 24 2013 04:01 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Fleur
Jan 24 2013 04:03 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Jo. No snow where I live, but white seems to be "in" this time of year.
Jan 24 2013 04:04 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Nancy!
Jan 24 2013 11:27 GMT skyball
That makes a lovely unusual shot Larry!!!!!......
Jan 24 2013 16:08 GMT wijnie58
Wonderful and interesting shot, Larry..:-))
Jan 24 2013 20:33 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
This is really beautiful, Larry. Thanks for showing us!
Jan 24 2013 20:34 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Wijnie. I enhanced the highlights and shadows of the original photo which was a pretty close macro shot to begin with.
Jan 24 2013 21:10 GMT Bellavista
Larry, this is a beautiful shot! I like the composition and the pattern of the feather. Nature is the best designer. You could collect the feather for a pillow! :-)
Jan 24 2013 21:31 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Bea. Your suggestion makes me wonder how long it would take me to pick up enough down feathers to stuff a pillow. A long time I imagine. As a young boy, I have memories of sleeping on/in feather mattresses and laying my head on feather down pillows, all made by my grandparents. The winters were cold and there was no heat in the bedrooms.....the days before central heat and air conditioning were affordable to middle class people in the USA. Now it is 'fibre fill' and memory foam!!!
Jan 25 2013 14:59 GMT bandsix
It is beautiful, Larry..and as a lot of people have said, reminiscent of frost...one of Nature's miracles again!!
Jan 25 2013 15:03 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Barbara. Nature has a gazillion miracles (wonders to).
Jan 25 2013 15:23 GMT Bellavista
Oh yes Larry we are sleeping now in a scientific bed, thanks for development for Nasa! :-))
I prefer "fibre fill" and memory foam as well! :-))
Jan 26 2013 00:28 GMT larrybenedict
Bea, I have some goose down feather pillows on my sofa, but for sleeping, the fibre fill seems to have a little more rebound to it. I once had a barley husk pillow which was good for a while but eventually the husk began to break down and the resulting powder came through the pillow cover. I'll try anything once!!