It almost goes without saying but I feel so fortunate to be living in this particular area and part of the world. Granted it can be hot and humid at times and almost unbearably cold on the flip side, it’s a great place to be. The glacial hills, streams and lakes that feed them provide beauty that most of us drive by daily without taking notice. Of the 720 square miles in Douglas County, 83 of them, or 11% of the total area, are made up of water. The 250+ named lakes and innumerable small ponds and sloughs send their flowage out in nearly every direction with almost all of it eventually ending up in the Mississippi at some point; it just takes longer with some. Then there are the woods, rolling fields and grassy hills to account for. Throw in the wildlife and it truly is a remarkable and wonderful place to be.
Flowing water always provides a good focal point for a landscape photo and despite the below zero temperatures of this past weekend, the call was there. I had a few sites marked out from past winters and with the afternoon sun starting to dip I headed out to try and get a few shots. One of the sites I’d marked was at the headwaters of the Chippewa River. It can be a tricky area to compose as the contrast of shadowed river bank and woods with the filtered rays of sunlight and icy reflections sometimes provide more challenge than desired. Nonetheless, it is a nice setting and it was one I still don’t feel I’ve done justice too. The results are noted in today’s photo of the frosty Chippewa headwaters. One never knows which spots will be iced over or flowing and how the light will react on the ripples of water. I was satisfied with the shot, but yes, I’ll be heading out there again to give it yet another try. Maybe that great shot will be next time.