Thaw and Freeze by rvwalker

Thaw and Freeze

CW. A few days ago this pond did not exist. Snow melts as the days get warmer, creating vernal ponds, but at night it gets cold and the ponds freeze again. The cycle will repeat itself for many more weeks in our beautiful high valley.

Update: From the comments, it appears that the photo doesn't make it obvious that there is a thin layer of very clear ice on this little pond. It is probably a bit unexpected when most of the northern hemisphere is starting to bloom.

When you see "CW" at the beginning of a description, it means "critiques welcome". This is a new way to invite constructive criticism from viewers.

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Beautiful "new" scenery which I am sure you are enjoying. Great reflections.
March 15th, 2014  
Gorgeous!
March 15th, 2014  
Another of your absolutely incredible landscapes. Si beautiful.
March 15th, 2014  
Great balance to the shot!
March 15th, 2014  
Lovely shot and pov
March 15th, 2014  
Deb
Beautiful scenery!
March 15th, 2014  
Stunning Ross. Great POV and color. Fav
March 15th, 2014  
lookin' good.
March 15th, 2014  
This is beautiful!
March 15th, 2014  
Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous!
March 15th, 2014  
@rangerxenos Thanks for the fav, Dawn. I'm so glad you like this image of my little valley.
March 15th, 2014  
@losthorizon Thanks for the fav, Beau. This valley can be so beautiful at times.
March 15th, 2014  
@anazad511 @aglennc @darylo @kbird61 @dgrynn @blueberry1222 @soozieqt @tabarlett Thanks, everyone. Our little valley seems especially pretty with snow.
March 15th, 2014  
I like this...It seems classic in following advice re landscapes. You have strong points of interest in the little tufts in front, then the expanse of water, the defining mountains and sliver of sky. Four great, balanced layers.
March 15th, 2014  
Your valley is magnificent - likewise, your shot. Just gorgeous.
March 15th, 2014  
Beautiful - it looks like you must have almost been standing in the water to get this view.
March 15th, 2014  
Love the composition on this one with the perfect placement of the foreground and the very beautiful background. Just fantastic scene. fav.
March 15th, 2014  
Another beautiful image from your part of the globe right now. Fav!
March 15th, 2014  
@libertylady Thanks for the fav, Alice. This place changes so much with the seasons, and wasn't anything special a couple of weeks ago.
March 15th, 2014  
@ivan Thanks again for the fav, Ivan. I really enjoy the mountain scenery here.
March 15th, 2014  
@taffy Thanks, Taffy. You express yourself very well in your critiques. It isn't obvious, but all that water is actually a thin layer of very clear ice. We still have very cold nights here.
March 15th, 2014  
@rosiekerr @cindy_k Thanks for your comments, Rosie and Cindy. The water in this photo is actually a thin layer of very clear ice. Winter hasn't given up here yet.
March 15th, 2014  
The first thing I said when I saw this image was "WOW" - it has a lot of visual impact.
March 15th, 2014  
This is beautiful! I love the pov here, with mostly water making up the image, and the mountains quite small in the distance! Gives a beautiful and realistic depth to this image!
March 15th, 2014  
恭喜你住在仙境般的地方Congratulations to where you live in wonderland
March 15th, 2014  
This is spectacularly beautiful, and a FAV for me. I love the point of view with the wide angle and the crisp textures of the icy tufts in the foreground. It seems just a bit crooked to me at the horizon, so I tried a screen grab and angled it .5 degrees counter clockwise. See what you think.

I reprinted the water lilies from 3/9 darker as you suggested and it really made the difference. Many thanks for the tip.

March 15th, 2014  
@falcon11 I tried the tilt, Allison, and I do think it looks better. The horizon was a problem in this one because everything in the scene has a natural slant left. The mountain on the left is by far the tallest, but is further away, so it appears smaller, and the back edge of the pond is much closer on the right side than on the left, so the back shore slants away from the camper. This all creates perspective problems, but your idea helps a bit. Thanks for the fav and the great comment.
March 15th, 2014  
@soboy5 @monkeykid @liuting Thanks, everyone. I enjoy your comments and appreciation of this scene.
March 15th, 2014  
Such a bleak environment. Must be nice that spring is on its way
March 15th, 2014  
@peterdegraaff Thanks for the fav, Peter. We look forward to spring, but I enjoy snow photography so much that I will miss it anyway.
March 16th, 2014  
ks
Fav ! What a stunner..when I viewed large the ice layer became more apparent.
March 16th, 2014  
This is beautiful. A fav. It must be viewed large to fully appreciate it.
March 16th, 2014  
Beautiful scene.
March 16th, 2014  
Beautiful shot Ross. Fav! I agree with Allison that the horizon line looks a bit off. I have the same issue with many of my seascapes with different land outcroppings in the shot. Love your lens choice so that you were able to capture the stunning foreground and beautiful mountains in the background.
March 16th, 2014  
@momzo Thanks for the fav, Kay, and for taking the time to look at this large.
March 16th, 2014  
@stillcrappysailor Thanks for the fav. I guess the ice is more apparent large.
March 16th, 2014  
@mccarth1 Thanks for the fav, Kerry. Perspective can sometimes make horizons difficult. I appreciate your knowledgeable comment.
March 16th, 2014  
@moxy I'm glad you like this, Shelley.
March 16th, 2014  
Wow, this is such a beautiful shot, Ross. I love the way you photographed this shot, the foreground with the snowy mountains in the background. FAV
March 17th, 2014  
@darsphotos Thanks for the fav, Darlene. It was a very beautiful scene in person.
March 17th, 2014  
stunning and a fav
March 17th, 2014  
Oh this is so cold and lovely a shot. You did great with this, Ross. Fav!
March 17th, 2014  
@tesssa Thanks for the fav, Tessa. Um... would you mind clicking the fav button?
March 18th, 2014  
@amandal Thanks for the fav, Amanda. Winter is still with us. We have strong wind and snow outside right now.
March 18th, 2014  
@rvwalker We were supposed to get snow but didn't today, thankfully. I am starting to see little bits of green and feeling days here and there of warmth. Bring on the spring already:).
March 18th, 2014  
Sue
Beautiful shot Ross, I love the little frozen tufts in the foreground, the really lead your eye up through the photo.
March 18th, 2014  
@sioux Thanks, Sue. Soon there will be ducks instead of ice in this scene. I hope.
March 18th, 2014  
Beautiful image and great scene! Love the frost on the grasses in the foreground! Somehow it appears not to be level to my eye? All the different blue shades look great!
March 19th, 2014  
@sassik Thanks, Sassik. Others had the same impression that this isn't level (see previous comments). It is mostly caused by the irregular shape of the pond. The right edge is much closer to the camera than the back left.
March 20th, 2014  
Sorry I missed this one! Just beautiful! Fav!
March 20th, 2014  
@exposure4u Thanks for the fav, Wendy. You wouldn't beieve how much this scene has changed since this photo was taken five days ago.
March 20th, 2014  
@rvwalker Oh yes, the horizon can be problematic, when photographing ponds or lakes...
March 20th, 2014  
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