Ledge Rock Abstracts #4

One more from the ledge rock at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

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Ledge Rock Abstracts #2

Second in a series of natural ice patterns.

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Ledge Rock Abstracts #1

One of my favorite subjects to photograph in the winter is abstract ice patterns.  However, this winter we have had an over abundance of snow and this has covered most of the best spots for me to find the right kind of ice.  A few days ago I went to see if anything had changed and was pleasantly surprised to find bare ledge rock and pockets of ice.  What makes these ice pockets unique is how the water freezes in layers, thus creating random patterns that vary from spot to spot.  No two are ever the same.

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I process first in Adobe Lightroom, then export to Silver Efex Pro 2 for the final version.

Down By The Lake

 

In winter, Lake Superior creates with ice.  Whether it’s by flinging it up on shore with gale force winds or simply by letting the surface freeze, something wonderful will result.  On this particular day the sun was absent and the air was hazy, this spoke to me as perfect for monochrome imaging.  This set of images were taken from the shoreline at Leif Erickson Park in Duluth.  By the way, if you want to wander around the shoreline, bring ice grippers.

Etching in Ice

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Once again I have gone in search of patterns in the ice along the lake shore.  Conditions have not be favorable this year for the kind of patterns I’ve found in past years, but I did manage to find a couple to play with.

So Much Ice

Another example of the effects of wind driven waves leaving ice high up on the rocks along Lake Superior. The ice reaches nearly 100 feet above the waterline. This is from Split Rock State Park along the Minnesota’s north shore.

Icy Chains

Along the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls State Park is a line of stone posts and chain barrier. When winter winds kick up big waves, the rocks and chains become collecting points for ice.