Jan. 23, 2005

First light saw us strolling up our favorite creek heading for a photograph I had missed the week before by not turning around in time. This time I was going to be in the right place at the right time to get it, and more, but nothing ever stays the same, and this time the creek level was down some, and the photograph wasn't there any more.

But maybe that's a good thing. We had to come up with a plan B; so we skipped up the creek to see what we might find, and along the way were serenaded by a large flock of crows that had just spent a very cold night and now seemed to be getting themselves warmed up by exercising their voices. It turned out we found these two small frozen pools in the bedrock of the creek bed a little farther along, and I used the rest of the morning's good light shooting them.

Although side by side, the two obviously had had quite different histories. One had apparently been thoroughly shattered, by passing elk or deer?, and then had re-frozen, while in the other the ice had apparently melted and receded, perhaps a number of times, while remaining frozen at the edges of the pool where the water was shallower.

In the photo above and the one below the ice was illuminated by golden light reflecting off creekside trees.

About the bluest thing you'll ever see is the blue of a clear winter sky, and in these shots the ice was soaking up all that blue. You'll notice that I've posted two different versions of one of the images, one neon blue that matches the original slide and the other de-saturated almost to the point of becoming grayscale.
All too quickly the sun topped the hill to the east and put an end to the photo session, except for some final shots of the ice in direct sunlight.
Finally, something I plan to do with each post from now on is to include one never before seen image from the vast Ozark Light archives. It ought to have a zippy name, something like "Your Moment of Zen", but I understand that's already taken. "Look Back" might do, or maybe "Back Light". Anyway, this was taken in the fall of 2002 on the Buffalo River between Ponca and Steele Creek. I believe the bluff is a part of Bee Bluff.