“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-Loren Eisely

I have always been mesmerized by the beauty of water.  I have spent countless hours trying to capture the elusive ocean wave.  I find it so difficult to really portray the beauty that is presented.

This week, I had the opportunity to capture the beauty of water during a trip to mountains of North Carolina.

My husband, Randy,  and I traveled to Roan Mountain State Park to capture the sunrise Tuesday.

Sunrise on Round Bald

After hiking down from Round Bald, we stopped to take in the beauty of icicles that had formed on the side of the road.  The icicles looked, to me, like a school of jellyfish.

Jellyfish Icicles

After leaving Roan Mountain State Park, we stopped at Elk River Falls.  My eyes were drawn to an area of cascades just before the falls.

Wintery Waves

Our last stop of our day trip to the mountains was at Bass Lake, located in Blowing Rock, NC.  Much of Bass Lake was beginning to freeze.

Blue Sky and Ice

I was amazed at the geometry of the patterns found in the ice.

Water’s Geometry

I still have not been able to adequately capture what I see and feel when I experience a wave in the ocean.  I was, however, happy with some of my captures of the beauty of water I had the privilege to experience on this December morning.


Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

Comments (9)

  1. Beautiful as always Mary. See you soon where you can capture winter ocean water. 😛 I’m bringing Rain boots this time.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Yes, I will need to work on my ocean wave! I need to purchase some rain boots. Thanks so much for mentioning this. Something else to go on my must-have for the trip list:). Can’t wait! My tent arrived yesterday.

  2. Looks cooooold! I’m glad you braved the temperature. The images are worth it.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Jennifer! It was well worth the cold! I so enjoyed spending time with you yesterday!

  3. Another beautiful series, Mary. As humans, we are indeed drawn to water. We go to the beach and relish the sight and sound of the serf. We go to the mountains and marvel at water falls and rapids. Slow meandering streams grab our attention on the plains. Some folks have noise generators that mimick the sound of rain. And some, like you, have the magical ability to capture so others may see too.

  4. Obviously that is “surf” not “serf” LOL

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, so much, Bill, for your incredibly kind words!

  5. Love to photograph water myself Mary. Ocean, pond or puddle. You did a beautiful job of capturing what you saw.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks so much, Dan!

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