Ice flowers

Spring 1915

Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


The delicacy and beauty of the ice formations in this photograph contrast starkly with Hurley’s other pictures of the ice. Ice flowers form when a stretch of water opens up in the ice and then rapidly refreezes. Hurley described how the ice flowers ’illumined by the morning sun, resembled a field of pink carnations’.

Silver bromide print

14.5 x 19.3 cm

RCIN 2580082