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Something from the archives to help forget the heat and humidity of summer for a moment . . .

The weather had finally turned cold enough the first week of December that the open water was disappearing quickly. After many cloudy days, I finally had hopes for the evening's sunset.

I donned winter gear, grabbed my kit and drove to the location. I had an intended spot to park, but upon arriving parked off the edge of the road in the snow as the spot was already occupied. As I approached the location I discovered I wasn't alone . . . another photographer had had similar ideas regarding this location and had also taken "my spot" for parking.

For this image, I set the tripod slightly higher to shoot over the rocks to capture the meandering edge of the ice forming along the shoreline with the sunset light colouring the clouds. Along the distant edge of the ice the setting light has added a hint of colour. It is so cold this evening that there is steam rising off the open water being highlighted by the setting light! Fortunately, I didn't have to sit in the snow as I had to do with a previous shot; kneeling in the snow was all that was required to get low enough. I have discovered that the camera's battery does not last very long when the temperature is below zero . . . which was fine as I also learned I do not last very long when the wind chill is lower than -10F (-23C).

This sunset was over seven months ago when there was still open water, but the lake was in the process of freezing over . . . now, docks line the shore while speedboats and jet skis race across the open water . . . the serenity and solitude of winter at the lake will have to wait for now . . . it’s time to enjoy the summer activities.

Tags:   sunset ice water water reflection mist freezing cold landscape Panorama serene Minnesota outdoor beach rock clouds blue sky pastel frost Snow sky shore Brad Eide Nikon D7100 Nikon 17-55mm f2.8 Gitzo tripod remote release neutral density Lee filter December 2016 geotagged

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The trail to Angels Landing begins on the valley floor at the Grotto and roughly follows the path of the Virgin River while gaining elevation. Once the trail leaves the river it gets steeper and becomes paved. After some steep switchbacks, the trail levels off for a more gradual ascent, lulling me into a sense of accomplishment. Upon reaching Walter's Wiggles, a series of 21 steep switchbacks, I reassessed my thoughts of accomplishment while counting each switchback I finished. After negotiating Walter’s Wiggles we had finally reached Scout Lookout. This is the view of last half-mile of the trail to Angels Landing. It is strenuous and lined with numerous sharp drop offs and narrow paths with chains to grip for portions of the last half-mile to the top. Angels Landing has a height of 1488 feet and an elevation of 5,790 feet.

There are at least 6 hikers in this image . . . can you find them?

Tags:   Utah Zion Zion National Park Virgin River Grotto Walter's Wiggles Scout Lookout switchback hiker blue sky rock rock formation landscape Brad Eide Nikon D810 Nikon 16-35mm f4 Gitzo tripod March 2017 winter geotagged canyon

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. . . in the Yorkshire Dales. The start of our day in the Dales with Terry Roberts. Dry stone walls and stone barns amidst green sunlit fields with a few clouds to make the view complete . . . a beautiful start to a great day exploring what the Dales has to offer.

Tags:   Yorkshire Dales Dales dry stone wall stone wall stone barn dappling light morning clouds blue sky green landscape Brad Eide Nikon D810 Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Dg OS HSM Art May 2017 spring geotagged

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. . . as I passed by while exploring Monument Valley

Tags:   Arizona Monument Valley blue sky arid Brad Eide Nikon D810 March 2017 winter geotagged Nikon 16-35mm f4

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A late winter visit to Bryce Canyon to see the hoodoos in snow

Tags:   Utah Bryce Canyon Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon NP hoodoo snow sunset landscape Brad Eide Nikon D810 Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Dg OS HSM Art Gitzo tripod March 2017 winter geotagged


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