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1811_0738 Ice Macro | by wild prairie man
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1811_0738 Ice Macro

Every year I turn my macro lens to the ice forming on the Frenchman River. It's one of the compensations of winter's arrival, and although there is always a sense of bracing for onslaught at this time of year, moments of grace do appear. The ice begins to build up on and around partially submerged rocks - the river is shallow in November - and reaches out. Thin and delicate at first, it will thicken. Soon the surface will be walkable; for now, only light stepping coyotes, deer, and grouse use it for travel.


This is a very thin edge, easily broken, so I positioned the tripod carefully. I saw a fantastic winged creature in the ice, but could not control all the variables. Rushing water, gliding under the little ice shelf, will reflect the sun on a bright day, and the sun streaks from longish exposures are impossible to predict. The solution? Shoot lots! Pick the best one. Here I liked the gleam of light on the back of the "head".


Another positive: temperatures are warmer down by the water, because the river is sunken below the level of the windswept prairie. Keeping warm here is often a matter of staying out of the wind.


Photographed in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission © 2018 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

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Taken on November 17, 2018