Traces, Shadows, Reflections on Gilded Ice

reflections on gilded ice
Inverted in gold.
Cold days can have extraordinary warmth in light, even those that follow a brutal snowstorm. Jonas arrived with shameful ferocity, piling mountains of the white vile stuff, forcing meteorologists to reshuffle their records, and shovel enthusiasts to reconsider the affinity.
The day after was equally brutal in temperatures and tempers. Crisp, blue skies camouflaged the biting cold which made the pulse race and breathing to come in short gasps.  On a day like this, you may even concede a few feet of property to your neighbor if it means that you don't have to dig it out of the snow. Then, a glorious, fiery sky at sunset was generous compensation - if not for the shovel crowd, certainly for the lens enthusiast.

But it was the second day after the storm's passing that filled the lens with warmth and let bygones be bygones with Jonas. Though the snow was still there - mandating detours and presenting complications in logistics - a hazy sunset spread a sheet of gold over the waterways. In defiance of the white insolence and the dominance of blue and red on the previous day, a soft yellow light filled every crack on the icy surface, recolored every object that cast a shadow on the frozen waters.
tree reflection on ice
Traces on ice, outlining shadows and reflections.
Traces, shadows, and reflections mingled on the gilded ice, distorting, redefining, and recoloring shapes and textures. As the invisible sun shifted positions in the sky, the shadows and reflections converged and the traces traveled upstream.
 Only the seagulls seemed to understand that this was an image-making day and, to their credit, were more cooperative with the lens aimed at them from the shore.
afterglow on water after Jonas
Reflections on the cracked ice cover.
 The full album - 36 photos in all - can be viewed in FULL SCREEN by clicking on this link.