where once was water

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I remember looking out at the polar icecap in Thule, Greenland and seeing a sight very similar to this.  Taken at the shore of Lake Ontario in mid January, there is a lot of ice and you can walk pretty far out on it if you’re stupid and foolhardy.   I was standing on the ice to get this shot but it’s as far as I dared to go.  It’s hard to see the ice under a foot of snow and at the time the wind was blowing pretty hard.

Here is the same shot in color.  The yellow/orange you see is churned up sand that gets trapped in the ice.  Welcome to Webster (Where Life is Worth Living)!  Just kidding.  Actually this was shot in Irondequoit, our neighbor to the West.

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Happy birthday, Mom.

Happy birthday, Pia.

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28 thoughts on “where once was water

  1. Jimi Jones (@JimiJones)

    Man, this sure looks like the deep freeze of the north pole. 🙂 Really nice shot, Ken. Both versions are nice but I like the color best. That sand-colored band sort of breaks thing up nicely.

    One of the lakes near my home has been snow covered and frozen for weeks now. When I passed it the other day there were people out there ice fishing, far from shore. I thought of how bold they were to be way out there where the water is easily 70 feet or so.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Jimi. With the cold weather we’ve been having, the ice on the lake and bay are thick enough to drive a snow mobile on and I’ve seen full size trucks out on the ice. It’s not legal but they do it anyway.

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  2. disperser

    I just read they are reaching record ice coverage this year in the Great Lakes. If I’m not remembering wrong, Superior may already be at 100%. Could be all the lakes get frozen over . . . then Canadians will be able to invade.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Lake Ontario has frozen over completely several times but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year, unless spring forgets to get here. Anyway, I’m all set for a Canadian invasion. I’ve got a stack of their quarters and dollar bills around here somewhere.

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  3. Earl Moore

    If asked, I’d have to say I prefer the color version as well, Ken. I think the yellow/orange adds to the “story” in this case…the roughness of the ice from waves and the frozen sand in the water. Can’t say I’d want to walk very far out on it — theres no “ice road trucker” here. 🙂

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Earl. The ice is not at all smooth, so it’s very difficult to walk on. In areas that are snowcovered, the walking is easier because you can get some footing.

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  4. Paul

    You’re quite the adventurer, Ken. I’m surprised that you didn’t venture right to the edge and peer over. 😉 I really like both, but the B&W really works for me. It’s hard to tell exactly what it is. Does Emo like ice?

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Paul. There was a time when I would go farther out onto the ice but I thought I was immortal in those days.
      I prefer the B&W also. It doesn’t look as dirty to me.
      Emo was found in River Falls, Wisconsin in a February of one of the coldest winters in years. He hates the cold weather but he likes cold water (to drink). Go figure.

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  5. Tom Dills

    I remember from my days in western PA and northeast OH when Lake Erie would freeze. I would venture up to Geneva, and it would like the water just froze in mid-wave, even though I knew that wasn’t the case. Ordinarily the frozen lake would cut of the moisture and reduce the amount of snow, but that certainly hasn’t happened this year, has it?

    I’m going to have to echo Earl’s comment about liking the color version better. The contrast of the blue-gray sky against the yellowish ice makes the photo for me. But I’m a color kind of guy, so whichever one you prefer works for me, Ken!

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Tom. Pa is subject to the lake effect cold, snow and ice too. Probably not much different than here.
      I like the color version, too but I’m not sure which I like better.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      One of the nice things about the cold is that I can keep food and drinks in the garage and they won’t spoil. But it’s been so cold everything freezes out there, which is not good for carbonated beverages.

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      1. Melinda Green Harvey

        They sort of explode, don’t they?

        We think it’s cold here – 27 degrees was the high today – but we’re Texans, so basically we don’t have the faintest idea what we are talking about.

      2. oneowner Post author

        I’ve had bottles crack before and it makes a mess. It’s difficult to clean up ice cold Coke. Now I have learned my lesson and bring in everything.

  6. John

    Not that this is a competition but I vote for the color. This time of year we need all the color we can get here in Webster (where life is worth living).

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Andy. I wonder what would happen if I tried to make other variations of this photo. It’s a relativity simple composition with only a few tones in it. Might make a good project.

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  7. Steve Schwartzman

    I cast a vote for the original color version. Curmudgeon that I am, I favor retaining the color in a photograph unless the black and white version is strikingly better artistically or simplifies the image to reveal patterns or details not apparent in the original.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Steve. Looks like the color version winds this round. Next time I’ll order up a more dramatic sky, that looks better in black and white. Trouble is, we don’t usually get those skies in Winter.

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