I remember the temperature on January 27th was very cold for Mid-Michigan. Looking at weather records for that date show a low temperature of about -5 degrees Fahrenheit at 9:00AM. I snow-shoed from the parking area along the River Loop. Even with the cold air temperatures, the river was flowing freely with only a little ice along the edges. Because the river was warmer than the air temperature, vapor was rising up and condensing in the air over the river. Some of it was forming hoarfrost on trees along the river. A mostly sunny sky made for some nice pictures.
I took several pictures and an idea formed in my head.
When I went back to Sylvan Solace on February 2nd, I again snow-shoed from from the parking area to the river. This time in addition to my camera gear, my backpack carried something else - a set of neoprene chest waders. Even though it was warmer that morning (12 degrees Fahrenheit), I was hoping that vapor would again be rising from the river and I could get some photos of the fog forming over the river.
No such luck. The air temperature was just a little too warm and the sun refused to come out from behind an overcast sky.
Even though my original plan was not going to work out, I still pulled on the waders and prepared to wade into the river. As I was putting on my waders a small flock of Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) swam swiftly out of sight down the river - I was able to snap a couple of hasty pictures as they disappeared around the bend.
Then I waded into the river... The neoprene blocked the cold. I started looking around for photography subjects. A whole new world of possibilities opened up.
First a couple of landscape images - the river up and downstream.
|The view upstream from the center of the river|
|The downstream view|
How about straight down...
|Gravel bottom, oak leaf, and ripples|
|Freshwater mussels near a cut bank|
|Driftwood and mussels|
|Northern White Cedar on the opposite bank|
|Cedar roots and reflections|
|A view downstream - The sky was a little more interesting at this point|
|Snags and reflections|
|Common Merganser drake|
|Hurrying back upstream - Common Merganser drake|
|Branches, ice, snow, and water|
|Ice and snow|
|Flowing forms of grass and driftwood|
|Driftwood and freshwater mussels - I really like the painterly qualities of this image|