Stress Fracture

This woman is about to step over a stress fracture returning from her ice house on Whitebear Lake in Minnesota. The ice was about six inches thick.

This photo was taken from a kite.

  • MNkiteman 8y

    Thanks Craig,
    But your still the man!
  • Bruce 2 8y

    Great shot, its a cracker!!
  • David Wheeler 8y

    Does this ice look dangerous to anyone else?
  • Craig Wilson 8y

    No. Its the water underneath thats dangerous.;0)
    In this case maybe there is no water underneath. Looks to me like shallow water, frozen all the way through. When the sun heats up a large surface of ice it expands (like all solids do when heated) and causes these cracks along the shore. Its exciting to be on the ice when these quakes occur.
  • MNkiteman 8y

    I'm not sure about this area, but a little further up the shoreline I did put my foot in the water when I slipped crossing over. The wind died and I had to go onto the ice to retrieve my kite. Lucky for me the temperature was above freezing and my vehicle was near by should I need it.
    Six inches of ice is enough to support a person walking and there were a couple of ATV,s running around on it, but no cars or trucks. Cars and small trucks require at least ten inches of solid ice.
  • Mark Fearon 8y

    Looks very scary to me and its great capture
  • Michael Layefsky 8y

    Really interesting shot!
  • Natasha Wheatland 8y

    This is pretty fantastic! It is very hot in australia right now and it just makes this photo even more surreal... I didn't have any idea of the scale of it in the thumbnail and even now it is a little confusing.
  • DeoxyribonucleicAcid 8y

    Nice shot, MNkiteman. Here's a Lake Minnetonka version of similar subject matter from last season.

    Perhaps an ice hazzard pool is needed.

    Care for a swim?
  • kelly 8y

    the crack is pretty dramatic - great shape and texture. Love the woman's bright red coat too. At this angle and with no shadows for reference, she could be stepping off a cliff. The angle of the photo, (with its complete lack of reference to how high each piece of ice is or how deep the water is underneath) really does create a sense of danger. Great picture!
  • Brad 8y

    Excellent. It looked like something it wasn't until I saw the human in red. Without the human in the photo, I would have been left guessing that the "little" cracks were rivers or streams or some crevace.
  • Neil L 8y

    Great KAP shot - very lucky indeed...

    Same camera as me too :)
  • SaturnsRing 8y

    Wow, just amazing!
  • Tomasz Bobrzynski 7y

    Could easily be a National Geographic photo. Stunning! I just love the idea of taking photographs from a kite.
  • dawnsweeney04 6y

    Hi, I’m an intern working at the Science Museum of Minnesota. We have an upcoming exhibition called WATER and are interested in using a couple of you photographs, including this picture, in a photo show we are putting together for this exhibit. If you would be willing to allow us to use this photo, please e-mail me at and I can send you more information. Thank you!
  • H-Dub 6y

    Congrats Kiteman! I noticed your photo is featured in a Smashing Magazine article on the Beauty of Aerial Photography.
  • MNkiteman 6y

    Thanks for the heads up.
  • K. R. Jackson 6y

    Well done!
  • Bobby Boullianne 6y

    Wow, very neat!
  • MNkiteman 5y

    Thanks everyone for the comments, and faves.
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Taken on January 8, 2007

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