Sometimes I find a scene when the light falls at just the right angle. I was completely engrossed in the light and shadow, reflections, shapes, textures and composition of this scene even from a distance. It all seems to build from the middle. It’s an interesting contrast to my winter photo of the same pond used as a skating, below, especially on this 90+ degree afternoon.
This quarry pond is a lively place even though it looks as still as a polished floor. The surface of the water is covered with tiny aquatic plants, and every few seconds something jumps out of it and then back in, and dragonflies and damselflies zip over its surface.
This pond is in the area along the Panhandle Trail that was quarried for limestone decades ago. The highwalls keep leaching water, which collects in low areas around the wall. There are several ponds, all connected so the water actually flows, very slowly, and stays aerated with the assistance of a windmill.
Here it is when I found it this winter, lovingly swept clean of snow and well etched with blade marks from many skates. It’s shallow so it freezes pretty solid. I think I’ll have to sharpen my skates and give it a try.. . . . . . .
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