Saturday started out as yet another gloomy, cloud-covered day with a forecast for more of the same. But as with the rest of us, weather forecasters make mistakes and today they made a good one. Before noon, the clouds were breaking up and one could tell this was going to be a beautiful opportunity to get out and garner some winter photos. With temps in the mid-20’s, sunshine and passing clouds it was almost perfect. Most of the afternoon was enjoyed observing and capturing trumpeter swans at two nearby lakes that had open water. That’s not a common winter feature in central Minnesota but due both to the mild weather and to the steady flow of streams from last fall’s abundant rains there continues to be numerous areas of open water along with a generous supply of wintering swans.
As the afternoon faded, those flowing streams combined with the day’s cooperative weather drew me to yet another lake outlet for what I hoped would be a colorful sunset. I wasn’t disappointed. With the Tokina 11-16 and Lee 0.6 soft-ND filter as my lens combination of choice, I had a very enjoyable final hour of shooting the waning moments of a gorgeous winter day. The stillness and quiet along with the peaceful flow and gurgling of waters journeying from Lake Ida down to Lake Charlie were mesmeric. With this peace and solitude, “A Moment to Reflect” seemed like the ideal caption.