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Posted June 2nd, 2014

Passing of the Ice

It is a cause for celebration every spring when the ice melts off the little lake in front of my home. Recently when it had partially opened up, I photographed it one still evening with the background landscape reflecting almost perfectly in the mirror-like surface of the open water. It is an interesting study in how our perception is shaped by experience that something as simple as inverting an image profoundly confuses our understanding of what we are looking at. Even as the photographer and the person who inverted this image, I have difficulty making sense of the reality of the scene when I view it in this orientation. But the illusion of the ice floating up into the clouds wonderfully reflects the levity I felt on the occasion.
Pentax K-5, Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD @ 26mm