On this day, it was a nice 35 degrees, windless, cloudy, and perfect for going to Stony Creek lake to shoot the leaves locked in the ice.
There is a small island in the lake and the area that I go to has a narrow section of ice between the main land and the island.
I was using my Nikon D7000 with the Tamron 16-300. Vangaurd tripod and Acratech ballhead.
Here is the section I’m working. There are leaves locked in the ice all through out this area.
When I’m searching for leaves to shoot, I don’t want a leaf that is just lying on top like this Oak leaf. I want something a little more interesting.
This Oak is a little more unique because a section of the leaf has separated and refroze, so a little more interesting than the whole leaf as in the one above.
What I’m really looking for is a leaf or leaves that are interacting with the ice. So with this leaf, we see how the leaf is frozen into the ice, and the ice has created an interesting formation around the leaf. It has a little more character than just a leaf on top of the ice.
Here is a pair of oak leaves, one partly exposed, and the other under the ice.
The ice over and around this maple leaf has an interesting look.
Sometimes I find a leaf in the ice with millions of tiny air bubbles, and a few larger ones.
Here is a Cottonwood leaf with air bubbles.
A lone Oak leaf, and a ghostly ice pattern.
My little muskrat buddy that I share the ice with.
So that was my fun day on the ice.