Thursday, February 26, 2009

SKYWATCH FRIDAY – The Ark in Winter (Lake Erie)


We aren’t quite out of winter’s grasp yet, but there are signs of melting out on the lake. Soon there will be groans and cracks as the breakup begins, and then the torrents below will pour through, flooding the snowy windswept plains and sinking the ranges of piled up ice. Already I’ve seen some gulls, tentatively circling over the frozen terrain, like Noah’s doves, only they are searching for open water.

This photo was taken directly into the bright afternoon light, creating the white and purple beam, descending like a promise.





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37 comments:

Kathiesbirds said...

This photo took my breath away when I saw it and your comments make me want to say, "Beam me up Scottie!"

Indrani said...

Superb shot!
I am stunned really!

Aleta said...

Unbelievably beautiful! oh my! I love the look of hope. Loved your post to go along with the picture!

YourFireAnt said...

Really nice! I love the glinting on water. It's heartening.

FA

bobbie said...

"descending like a promise" You do have a way with words. It is a beautiful promise, Deborah.

Dewdrop said...

What a lovely capture. It's hard to imagine that lake frozen... wow!

Sylvia K said...

It does indeed take your breath away. Really gorgeous! the light on the water/ice, and the promise. Perfect!

Quiet Paths said...

Isn't that amazing. Cameras are such amazing inventions! Hope you get open water out your front door soon. We are in a blizzard....

Quiet Paths said...

I guess it would be your back door; if you had it out your front door you'd be in trouble!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Deb, LOVE that picture with the sun's rays... Maybe Spring is a-coming!!!!! Ya think???? SOMEDAY! ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Guy D said...

Beautiful shot Deborah, I love it.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Lin said...

hey I like the purple beam and that things are thawing-the ice is breaking up...

Pat and Abe said...

Good scene for SkyWatch Friday. I am always interested in what others are doing. Have a nice weekend.

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Rose said...

It is a beautiful shot...

Carletta said...

My first thought when I saw the photo was the same as Kathie's but then I read your words and the image became more emotional - beautiful Deborah!

Carletta said...

Forgot to say my post is at my new photoblog.Hope you'll visit.

My post is at Carletta’s Captures.

Kallen305 said...

Love that ray of sunshine and the color it makes against the ice. Gorgeous!!

Pat and Abe said...

A nice photo for SkyWatch Friday. As one who is always interested in what other people do, and looking for ideas, I think I found some here. I just have to remember it and at my age that is no small feat.

Have a nice weekend.

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Bradley Myers said...

Good capture, heres hoping your spring comes soon.

Photo Cache said...

I love the rays beaming down. Enjoy the weekend.

Ida said...

Very nice. :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It IS winter but it's still lovely. Since winter isn't over yet, I hope you think like I do that all the seasons are beautiful. Winter is just a little more of a challenge to find the beauty. LOL (And YOU found some.)

George Townboy said...

Awesome shot!! Winter will go soon.

The Ridger, FCD said...

Lovely shot. I've seen the gulls standing on ice here, but the Bay is still open for them.

Ruth said...

Great picture and interesting comparison to the ark. The river in our community has cast off huge blocks of ice on its banks. At least most of the lake ice just sinks.

Babooshka said...

This has a real silver shimmer that is spine tinglingly beautiful.

Wren said...

Beautiful sunbeams, Deborah.

Do you think gulls need better press? They do look a lot like doves from a distance, but most people like doves.

Dianne said...

the beam is stunning!!

Shellmo said...

Almost like the purple beam was meant to help dissolve the ice! Wonderful photo!

Geraldine said...

how very beautiful!

blossom said...

I like that white purple beam. It adds beauty to the photo. And spring will come ...

magiceye said...

lovely catch!

Carolyn said...

beautiful photo.
Smiles

Arija said...

Oh how beautiful this is!

vincibene said...

Wonderful scene!

Avid Reader said...

The sunlight on the water... the wild stirring of things beneath the surface.

and beneath the surface of the ground too... you can feel it in the woods, even though the air is bitter cold.. something's happening. and this weekend March begins, the month we must be extra brave in, weatherwise! What happened to Jan & Feb, passing so quickly????

Evita said...

Hi Deborah,

This is a beautiful picture. What got me about it was that one beautiful ray of light from above - it says so much and has so many beautiful meanings...