Flowers—Lines—Ice

Pond Ice, continued

Liz Gauffreau asked about the size of the pond in Maine.  It is about 77 acres and is connected to a much larger pond, which is over 915 acres. So, ponds are really what we think of as lakes in other states. From what I understand the distinction between a pond and a lake in Maine does not have to do with size but with depth.

Although this shot is not as crisp as I would like (impossible to focus fully in this case through the surface of the ice), I like the dynamism and variety of formations captured here.

12 responses

  1. Julie Raulli

    This is gorgeous!

    Julie

    January 16, 2020 at 10:35 am

  2. Most of the ponds I frequent are relatively shallow so I think you are right about the differentiation. I didn’t know you were in Maine, we’re neighbors…sort of. 🙂
    I’ve had the same problem deciding where to place the plane of focus and sometimes even f/16 doesn’t pull in enough detail to be sharp throughout. But sometimes sharpness ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. This is another galactic sort of image so not all stars are sharp either. It has a nice feathery look to it and, sharp or not, lots of bubbles to fill the space.

    January 16, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    • Yes we are neighbors. Actually, I’m only in Maine during some parts of the year. I live in Pennsylvania. So when I am there, I gorge on ice photography while I can. I have been very lucky in terms of snow cover on the pond. There have times in the past when I have had to sweep the pond with a broom to find some “windows.”

      January 18, 2020 at 10:26 am

      • I go to Acadia once a year if I can. Late summer/early autumn usually. I’ll try to go there this early June if I can and visit some friends in Millinocket and check out the new National Monument Katahdin Woods and Water along with Baxter S.P. That pretty much covers my travels. 🙂 About the only natural place I can recall visiting in Pennsylvania was when Mary Beth and I first started spending time together and that was French Creek.She was living in Media so we also visited Tyler Arboretum a couple of times. There’s more but none of it has to do with photographing ice. 😉

        January 18, 2020 at 12:42 pm

        • You mention some great places. Our “little” pond is north of Acadia (deep in the woods, totally off the grid east of Bangor near the coast). A winter wonderland!

          January 19, 2020 at 9:54 am

          • Wonderland indeed. Although if you are there now you must be housebound. Just a few inches here but so much more to the north. I envy you having a secluded spot of your own in the woods. I’d never leave I don’t think.

            January 19, 2020 at 10:57 am

  3. … wow. Our backyard pond (50′ x 25′ at winter highs) seems kinda pathetic now! But at least “shallow” is a common denominator. And probably ducks and frogs.

    January 16, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    • I’m sure your pond isn’t pathetic! And shallow makes for the most interesting stuff. Ducks and frogs definitely. We also have a pair of loons! 🙂

      January 18, 2020 at 10:27 am

      • Ooh, I am very jealous of the loons. We mostly get mallards, which nest on a nearby slough and bring the babies over. Occasionally widgeon too; and once or twice wood ducks. And a muskrat one year, though that was less of a benefit considering what it did to the lawn.

        January 18, 2020 at 12:29 pm

        • Sounds like a great variety!

          January 19, 2020 at 9:47 am

  4. You’ve outdone yourself with this image. A total WOW!

    January 17, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    • Your enthusiasm is so kind, Liz–I really appreciate it. 🙂

      January 18, 2020 at 10:28 am

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