iPhone image made on April 14th, 2015 along the shores of Buffalo Pound Lake, SK
iPhone image of holding crystal clear shards of Candle Ice sparkling in the sunshine. Nature’s Art can’t be surpassed!
I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed this one day phenomena this year. During an early morning walk I was pulled to the shore by the surreal noise the ice shards were transmitting. I had no other camera on me, so the iPhone “had to do” and it did nicely! I love the way it has captured the clarity of the ice. With the capability to make a short movie I didn’t hesitate to capture the movement of the ice, the noise it produced and the strong wind blowing across the water.
Several hours later I returned to the same location along Lonie’s Beach on the southern shore of Buffalo Pound Lake. The scene was much different. The wind had increased to speeds of up to 60 km/hr. Balancing in the strong wind gusts that brought tropical warmth across the waves I was able to make these images.
Close up and six hours after my morning encounter the ice was deteriorating quickly.
A few pockets of dense ice columns tried to weather the storm… literally!
Wave after wave broke down the avalanches of icy columns along the shallow shore.
The ice soon mingled with the murky waters. Twelve hours later the rich sparkles had dissolved into the lake. I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed this natural event this year. Many times we miss it as the ice breaks down over night.
Our Canadian Prairie is full of such natural events – who says Saskatchewan is boring. Make sure to get off the Trans-Canada Highway now and again and ask the locals what might be happening nearby!
Springtime is on hiatus in Southern Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada today. I just processed a short video captured last Sunday while teaching in Limerick, SK for the Group of Ten Photographers Club. The sun came out and was strong enough to give us all hope that spring should be here soon. Enjoy the clip – I thought I’d add some music this time…
A walk around the neighborhood yesterday revealed unexpected sites: Run off on the south side of Buffalo Pound Lake this spring has resulted in the destruction of roads and years. We live here year-round, I can’t imagine how the part-time residents feel when they come out over the next month.
Here is a short video of what I witnessed yesterday:
This morning the water was frozen, but I am confident that the flow will start once more later in the day when the sun becomes stronger.
(Note: I am taking an iMovie class online. Be patient and not too critical as I learn how to select clips, add text and transitions.)