Stress Fracture

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    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.

    Flickr Dave, and 46 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. MNkiteman 99 months ago | reply

      Thanks Craig,
      But your still the man!

    2. Bruce 2 99 months ago | reply

      Great shot, its a cracker!!

    3. Flickr Dave 99 months ago | reply

      Does this ice look dangerous to anyone else?

    4. KAP'n Craig 99 months ago | reply

      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.

    5. MNkiteman 99 months ago | reply

      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.

    6. Pitmatic [deleted] 99 months ago | reply

      Looks very scary to me and its great capture

    7. Michael Layefsky 99 months ago | reply

      Really interesting shot!

    8. tashland 99 months ago | reply

      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.

    9. DeoxyribonucleicAcid 99 months ago | reply

      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?

    10. weavingmajor 99 months ago | reply

      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!

    11. tuatara57macaw 99 months ago | reply

      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.

    12. Neil Zone 95 months ago | reply

      Great KAP shot - very lucky indeed...

      Same camera as me too :)

    13. SaturnsRing 93 months ago | reply

      Wow, just amazing!

    14. TomOnTheRoof 86 months ago | reply

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

    15. dawnsweeney04 76 months ago | reply

      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!

    16. H-Dub 76 months ago | reply

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

    17. MNkiteman 76 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the heads up.

    18. boscbo 70 months ago | reply

      Wow, very neat!

    19. MNkiteman 54 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone for the comments, and faves.

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