Deep Clear Freeze #14665
With very low temperatures for a few days and steady wind driving the cold ever more into frigid Zero Land, I put on the warmest clothes and went to photograph details along the lake edge at the local park. The new crystal clear ice let me see all the oak leaves entombed below the surface in detail, evidence of a quick hard freeze that went down to the bottom here in the shallows at the lake edge. There was snow in sweeping parallel bands across the frozen surface that didn’t move. Like everything else, it was cold-petrified into place.
The only leaves above the surface are along the bottom of the image and one laying stuck on top by itself. Everything else is down underneath the freeze line, waiting for the Spring thaw. I returned here the following day to find the ice unclear and varied in opacity, sometimes to near white. Snow laid randomly in large areas, not in striated lines as before. Everything had changed as Mother Nature had shifted once again.