Mother Nature had created an awesome museum of abstract icy art over the past month.
The exhibition was downright bright, beautiful and sparkling some days.
The displays ranged from fragile frost features to hard and bubbly ice creations.
Some creations were added to or detracted from. Other displays disappeared altogether.
The creations were delightful and different.
They changed everyday.
That's why it was exciting to visit the exhibition every day.
There was always something new.
The show was so pleasing to the eye, that I was inspired to put my own spin on it with my lens ball. It was a little tricky trying to find good placement for the glass orb. Several times it almost rolled into a very cold creek where retrieval may have been next to impossible.
However on some days, the museum has trouble with its climate control system. Sometimes, the heat is broken and the air conditioning was turned up to freezing.
Additionally, the sprinkler system was out of control on certain days and the museum's lighting was hit or miss.
Maneuvering around the icy exhibitions also proved dicey. With the freeze and thaw cycle, traversing throughout the displays was challenging on certain days.
Some of my museum tour members had trouble with footing on the slick surfaces. In fact, there were several days that the goats didn't make the rounds.
I even had trouble getting around to see the different displays. I almost ended up as part of the exhibit in a very cold creek. Grabbing a tree for support wasn't any help when one side of it was covered with ice.
After one thaw and refreeze, the snow was actually sturdy enough for the heaviest of our tour group to walk on top of it.
Other days when the museum's sprinkles wouldn't shut off, crossing the creeks became a problem. The tour group often had to find other ways around.
Nonetheless, the canine museum tour members preferred the exhibits created by other animals.
The dogs especially like the displays titled "Calling Cards of the Wild." I hated these exhibits and found them offensive and disgusting. Unfortunately, they were placed everywhere for the canines to find.
Meanwhile, the dogs on ice show would probably becoming to an end as the museum's heat was turned up.
I felt the ice was not safe enough for them to perform anymore.
At one point, Mother Nature had added some green to the mostly white displays.
However, the next day the artist decided to add some white to the green.
Whether or not the exhibits remain white or turn to green anytime soon is up to the museum's curator.
That's just the nature of things 'round here.
"The Nature of Things" features the writings and photographs of Anna Applegate, who is a lifelong resident of Pinegrove Township, Venango County. She is a graduate of Cranberry High School and Clarion University. After a 15-year career in the local news industry, she made a change and now works at a steel finishing plant in Sandycreek Township. She is a avid lover of animals and nature, and a gifted photographer.