End of the ice age


Woodlake, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

It has been a long and cold winter here in Connecticut and this lake has been frozen over for months, which was great for the ice skaters and ice fishermen, but now, finally, we are seeing the last of the ice on the lake. This seems as good a signal as any that spring is here at last.

I was just turning into my street and taking notice of this beautiful sunset when I saw the golden reflection on the lake and the pattern of the melting lake ice. It was one of those sunsets when the sun, low on the horizon, illuminated the underside of the clouds that cast a glow over everything. I pulled my car into a parking lot and got out the camera and tripod to make a few exposures before hurrying home to let Wally out for his evening walk.

Panasonic Lumix G3 with 20mm f1.7 lens, processed in Photoshop CS4









8 comments on “End of the ice age

  1. Theresa Navarre says:

    Beautiful image. I love the colors, perspective and lighting.


  2. Thanks for your remarks Theresa, glad you find it pleasing.


  3. Joe says:

    Great shot Steven ::)


  4. Susan Reinberg says:

    Your words are as poetic as your image. We are all watching spring arrive. Not all of us are stopping on our way to make the photograph, nor do we all have the discipline to set up a tripod in the waning light. This image with its subtle contrast of warm and cool, in the purple and yellow range, conveys the essence of April’s split personality — as we stagger into spring.


  5. Marc Isolda says:

    Brilliant shot and that is why you are the standard we hold all others to!!!!!Great use of light.


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