ice slab hike

 Image captured handheld 2/27/10, 3:52pm • Canon 5D, Canon EF28-200mm 
f/3.5-5.6 USM • 28mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 100 • some adjustments made in 
Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS4

Image captured handheld 2/27/10, 3:52pm • Canon 5D, Canon EF28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM • 28mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 100 • some adjustments made in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS4

Hey guys, remember me? I'm Amber -- the slacker who has not been posting to her weekly photo blog. Sadly, I have been SO busy over the last month that it's been tough to find time to go through my photos and enter a post. My weekend posting time has been dominated by other events & travels. Rest assured though... part of the reason I have been so busy is that I've been taking pictures non-stop on youth retreats and on my own time (usually early in the morning before work). It's been a blast! Confession: 2 different weekends in February I actually had a sore forearm, wrist & hand from holding my heavy camera so long!

I'll try to make up for my lack of posting it in this one... I actually LOVE this set of photos! Might be my favorites to date. Last weekend I was in Ellison Bay, WI (in the Door County area) at Camp Zion on a high school winter retreat. On the Saturday afternoon, a group of us took a hike in a forested bluff area and climbed down to the frozen Lake Michigan. We completed the loop back to camp by hiking across these gorgeous [HUGE] ice slabs. I've never seen anything like it! It was just visually YUMMY.

There was a fresh 1" blanket of bright snow coating the expansive ground surface. The under side of these slabs (some of them more than a foot thick) were bright turquoise in color and were absolutely breathtaking against the changing hues of the sky as it got closer to dusk. It was eerily quiet without the lapping of waves and squawking of seagulls and I was intrigued by the jigsaw puzzle-like appearance of these massive mangled pieces of ice. It made me wonder about the chaotic & wild ride each piece must have had before resting in such peaceful tranquility.

"The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace."  --Psalm 29:10-11

Click through these other shots from the hike:

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