It’s been a while… and an update on my DxO One experience is now long overdue. I have used it nearly every day – and it has been wonderful to carry such a powerful pocket-size camera wherever I go. Here is an example of my recent walk using the DxO One exclusively. The images are straight out of the camera in jpg format.
The fact that we have missed out on Winter this year is no secret. The lake (Buffalo Pound Lake) froze over in late November, but the snow never really arrived and stayed.
It’s dry around here, very dry. This stand of trees is usually under water and prevents easy access to the beach. The grass is dry and will pose a fire hazard this spring and summer unless we get some rain soon.
Here is the shoreline glistening in the sun a couple of hours ago. I started the post with “I Swear…” I want to complete the sentence now with “…ice fishermen have wings!”
The fishing shacks have been moved off the ice much earlier than any other year we have lived here.
…but they are still busy on the lake! I wonder if the fish are biting in temperatures well above freezing?
Over the past two weeks I have been pondering this thought… but today I am convinced!
I could hardly believe my eyes when I approached the beach today. Then suddenly an amphibian vehicle appeared, stopped and connected with the fishing group.
This does not explain how the first groups got out there, and more logically – how they will reach the shore again after they decide that it is time to return home. There they are, huddled and dressed in cozy jackets, diligently drilling hole after hole and setting their fishing lines. The question remains, how did they get out there with the receding ice?
Pushing the question out of my mind I turn my attention to my artistic eye and the fantastic ice formations that lines the shore. I just love the positive and negative shapes that have emerged overnight.
A natural composition catches my eye next – the empty shells and wooden sticks accumulated during the last windstorm before the ice appeared. They were frozen in time since November…
Striations in the ice, a study of values!
My main attention soon turned to the ice formations that changed all along the shore.
Somehow I don’t expect to see candle ice this year.
Oh wait, there is a small piece of candle ice.
Last year in mid-April I witnessed chunks like these breaking apart into icy pillars, chasing me away from the shore.
This year I will have to be satisfied with documenting blocks of ice that quickly melt in the warm sunshine.
Drip by drip…
…falling victim to the Saskatchewan prairie sunshine!