On Frozen Pond

I probably should not have been standing in the middle of this frozen pond.

But when you are raised in Texas and you rarely get to see anything frozen, you get fascinated by large frozen bodies of water. I just stared at it for a long time like a deer that’s never seen headlights in the forest. I felt the saying, "When in Rome", and somehow replaced it with "When in Reykjavik…"

I slowly shuffled my feet out to the middle, using my tripod as an Imperial Hoth Walker to secure my footing. Once I got to the right spot for the lens, I ripped off a few shots before heading over to the safely of the shore.

On Frozen Pond

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  • http://jfrie.blogspot.com JohnF

    This shot was worth some risk.

  • Deb

    It looks like a fairy-tale! Perfect and beautiful! Thank you so much!

  • http://search4beauty.blogspot.com Erik

    Whoa…That is spectacular! I’m a S. Texan, born and raised… The only thing we have like that here has UT students in 4 wheel drives sliding on it. It’s not nearly as pretty…but with the right exposure it might have some awesome effects. Maybe you could capture something like that for the blog, Trey.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    haha thanks… UT students doing crazy things – no shortage of those!

    I like your blog there Erik – interesting stuff you are finding around town!

  • http://yahoo Judy

    Your frozen pond pic was awesome…Being from Maine, we have lots of frozen ponds in winter…You could get some awesome pics here…Take care

  • http://frozen.... michelle

    like always well worth the chance of freezing to death BEAUTYFUL stay safe and be careful :}

  • Tawna

    Love this pic. The town is beautiful! You were brave going out on that ice. I never would have done it. :)

  • http://sarflin.blogspot.com Robert Babiak

    well the pond is about a meter deep. so even if you fell through the camera would most likely stay dry :)

    Another one of those places I go by every day and I can never get a picture like that…

  • http://cutekittypunk.blogspot.com melissa

    OH WOW – that’s beautiful! thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.loadinc.net DenisDenis

    I want your children! ;-)
    Thanks for treating us with your pics.
    I am solooking forward to have a tenth of your talent! One day maybe…

  • http://www.momentaryawe.com/blog Catalin Marin


    Love the details in the ice… It almost looks like it has been skated quite a lot! :)

  • http://www.thirddesign.net RobertB

    Wonderful work.
    Detail and the reflection is very inviting.
    Thanks for sharing with us

  • DEE

    Are those cracks in the ice?

  • Jamee

    If frozen ponds fascinate you, come see us (at the “tip of the mitt” in Northern Michigan in February. Little Traverse Bay (about 5 miles across) freezes and is great for hiking. Divers cut a hole so they can ice dive to see a sunken crucifix. Big doins!

  • s bally

    Beautiful, thanks for letting me see it.

  • Rik

    Trey you do good work however to me the more we use digital photography, enhancements, etc. the more it looks like Walt Disney Productions. I must be gettin old.

  • Ospreliz

    I love this pic. I have been looking for a good desktop background for work, and this is it!!! Thank you!

  • terra

    I love this picture. In fact I love all of your pictures from Iceland. They are definitely my favorites.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks you guys… I didn’t know the water was so shallow… that’s a relief in retrospect! The marks on the ice are not all cracks — some are adventurous ice skating marks!

  • Cindy Hopkins

    That is just amazing. I discovered your site only a couple of weeks ago, but it has been the highlight of my day ever since. I wanted to do what you do way back when. My 14-year-old daughter wants to be a zoologists or wild life conservationist and I told her to mix her love of photography with it. Maybe some day she will and be as good as you. I’m buying her her first better grade camera for her birthday soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://Yahoo Bob the builder

    This would make a really nice Christmas card. Peace on earth! (Can’t we all just get along?) THANK YOU!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Yes a good christmas card for sure!

    Cindy that is cool… I bet your daughter will be very happy! Send her on over to my tutorial as soon as she gets a bunch of shots under her belt and she wants to branch out!

  • http://www.thessalonikidailyphoto.blogspot.com kostas sidiropoulos

    Superb capture!

  • http://www.pbase.com/zarabeth Fenraven

    Come to Wisconsin. There’s plenty of frozen water here for you to take pictures of. Heh. Actually, a really good photo op might be standing on the shore opposite Stillwater, MN. There’s a terrific old historic drawbridge and lots of pretty lights. Great old river town, lots of terrific restaurants and stores, most made of brick. Here’s a shot of the bridge from the MN side: http://www.pbase.com/zarabeth/image/105954470

  • http://Yahoo Bob the builder

    Very nice bridge pic, Fenraven! I should get some shots of the old ones here in PA. Thanks!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks. Yes Fenraven – that is a cool bridge there… looks very heavy and old – nicely captured!

  • Evelyn Davis

    BEAUTY BEAUTY BEAUTY!!! Sent from God and you captured it!! Awesome THANK YOU

  • stephen

    i’m floored. one of my life dreams is to travel the world and explore all the beautiful nooks and crannies like you’re doing and take beautiful pictures! you’re such an inspiration and i absolutely LOVE your blog–i love that you post something new every day!

  • cathy

    absolutely gorgeous shot. well worth the risk.

  • http://www.marla-schnee-fotografie.de Marla

    that picture is perfect, thank you for sharing.

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