Ice dripping from leaves

Melting ice
Melting ice, Durham, N.C. | Canon 5D Mk. II and 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens | Exposed 1/80 sec. @ f/4.5, ISO 800

I made this image last Thursday during the second winter “storm” of the season in Durham.  It was a dusting to this Midwesterner’s eyes, but a pretty one at that.  Many of the images I created seemed to be a touch melancholy.  It seems a fitting image for today, which carries a decidedly somber mood.

A Winter Wonderland

Trees and hoarfrost, Burlington, Wis.
Trees and hoar frost, Burlington, Wis. | Canon 5D II and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 150mm; exposed 1/320 sec. @ f/8, ISO 200.

While I was driving from Racine, Wis. back to Columbia, Mo. last Sunday, 17 January, a I found that the “freezing fog” advisory we had heard about the night before had given the branches of all of the trees along the way a white glow.  Much of the drive was on the interstate, but before I could get out to I-43 to shoot to Beloit and drive the length of Illinois via Rockford, I had to drive on two-lane highways.  Here, on Wisconsin Highway 11 in Burlington, about one mile short of the on-ramp to I-43, I decided to stop and make a few pictures.  It was a supremely overcast day, so the 11:30am sun did not hurt the pictures at all.

Fortunately, while all of my equipment was loaded in the trunk of the car, it was not entirely inaccessible.  I pulled over to the side of the road, switched on my hazard lights, popped the trunk, and reached for my 5D Mark II and a couple of lenses before walking about.  The only thing I didn’t take the time to do was switch out my shoes for boots.  Those snow drifts on the side of the highway are a little deeper than they look!

More photos after the jump!
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