Yesterday was a beautifully sunny day, so I grabbed my camera, popped in some new batteries, and went on a brief walk. (Sunny days are always the coldest in the winter.)
I wandered down to the Mississippi River - three blocks from my house - hoping that I would be able to find some decent pictures. It had been quite warm for a couple of days previous and I knew that icicles would be in abundance. Let me tell you though, they're not that easy to photograph. My rock climbing skills came in quite handy...
...because I was climbing around on the cliffs along the river. It was a bit more dangerous than my usual rock climbing because I wasn't climbing in designated areas, I was wearing winter boots instead of climbing shoes (as well as jeans and a coat, which limit one's mobility), I had gloves on my hands, I wasn't tied to a rope, and everything was covered in ice. I risked my life for you all, I hope you're happy.
The river itself looked a bit dismal barren ominous desolate:
but I was still able to find running water in a couple of places.
and after climbing for a bit, I found what I was looking for (though I wish I were able to take better pictures.)
It was only a little after 3pm, and the sun was already on the horizon...
One icicle was growing on a vine, which allowed it to grow quite long. It was almost 6 feet in length and very pointy, so naturally I laid under it to take a picture.
and with the sun going down and my batteries malfunctioning*, I snapped one more picture and headed home. I wish my camera continued working because I didn't feel like I got what I wanted, but whatchyagonnado, right?
Brigade is almost done, I've done both arms and joined the pieces and am now making my way up the yoke. Hopefully it'll only take a couple more days to get it finished (I thought I should throw some knitting into this post. I don't have a picture though).
*In sixth (eighth?) grade I did a science fair experiment that tested a battery's life-span and the flashlight in the freezer definitely went out before the flashlight on the countertop. I think that's what happened to my camera batteries too. Now that they're warmed up again it's working fine.