Morphing Landscape

Lake St. Clair, Michigan during winter

Ice bubble sunrise, Lake St. Clair, Michigan # WI-9701

Looking back through my previous posts and my archives about Lake St. Clair, it seems I have been photographing here during the winter for a good 7 winters now.   And you know what, I rarely photograph here at any other time of the year.   Once the ice is gone, so is the solitude, so is the variety I have come to enjoy during the winter time.  At other times of the year, I somewhat know what to expect the view to look like – and winter always keeps me guessing.

Yet, when the wind is blowing, and the forecast is in the single digits, I also admit that my motivation to face the elements becomes quite challenged.   Most of the time, I really don’t know if I will make it out there until the morning of.   I check the cloud cover forecast the night before, then the morning of.  This particular shot was on a day where the forecast predicted about 90% cloud cover… so much for the forecast reliability!

So on days that I don’t really expect to get much, I usually return home with a few surprises.   That’s all I have to keep in mind the next time I think about whimping out.  With Groundhog day today, it is a reminder that the opportunities for this winter are waning.



  1. Beautiful photo. Seven years? Could it be time for a folio or other project related to the location?

  2. Wow! I hope you keep going back out there and brave the elements. And, I agree we sometimes come home with images we did not expect on those days we almost did not get there.

    • I will probably make it out there at least a few more times this season Monte. Just getting out there is a valuable lesson eh? I wish I could always follow it! :-) Thanks!

  3. This is stunning. I absolutely love how the texture of the ice changes as you move from foreground to middle ground and the pattern of the ice bubbles and that amazing cloud. I also really liked the previous photo you shared from this location. Nice job! Great compositions.
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  4. A truly magical shot and very understandable why you return again and again in winter.
    Like Anne, I like the different textures of the ice or stages of water.
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  5. Mark, that’s a wonderful shot. I admire your persistence in going out there during the cold times, but I certainly understand why. It’s nice looking back through the archives, seeing what you’ve done before, how, and when.
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  6. A belated thanks Anne, Sandra, and Paul!

  7. I love the colors in this sunrise that shade the whole frame.
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  8. great work friend for blogging too for sharing.many loves nature and nice photos.thanks.I join your blog and let’s visit each other for ever.
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