Breaking through (ice #4)

Recently, since it had been a cold night, I went to a pond located in a park near my home, to take ice images. Unfortunately, the ice was grey and muddy and sprinkled with snow. To me, not very good conditions. However, I walked around this pond for almost two hours to anyhow try to find some photographs to take. I have put these images into a series of four images. This is the last one.

To me it looks like the leaves gathered under the ice are trying to break free up through the ice cover.

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Any comments are welcome!

Technical Details

1/60, f/ 8, ISO 400, 43 mm (86 mm equiv.), Olympus OM-D E-M1X, hand held


Ola, again a special image and of course a wonderful idea !

It looks like your perseverance paid off, Ola. Love how the composition natural form itself and how this one leaf is the only one completely exposed. For me, it is a reminder how, when left alone, nature does an amazing job of revealing itself. This is absolutely beautiful.

A stunning image, Ola. This really works so well. Also, well done on the entire series.


Dang, this is REALLY good. I personally wouldn’t change anything.

Clearly I need to find a pond. This is smashing (see what I did there? lol) as are the rest. There is a particular energetic feeling despite the obvious frozen state of everything. I see what you were going for with the idea that the leaves are trying to escape. My hat is off!

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Ola, the branches of the thinner ice with the leaf at their center makes a great shape study. The hints of leaves showing through and the frozen crystals on the top work well at creating a nicely dynamic view.

Beautiful image Ola! I really like your composition here and the white specs really add to the image.

What a wonderful find (after two hours!). The cracks remind me of branches, a wonderful compliment to the leaf.

@Ben_van_der_Sande, @Tom_Nevesely, @Kris_Smith, @David_Bostock, @DeanRoyer, @Mark_Seaver, @Matt_Payne and @linda_mellor thanks for your kind comments.