The Frozen Lake
While driving through Cantwell, Alaska, I came across this rare scene. The snow had blown off a lake uncovering the bright, reflective surface of the ice. It was the reflection of the mountain that caught my eye. I hiked down through the knee deep snow, struggling through thick brush leading to a branch in the nose. With a nosebleed, more irritating due to the constant blood flow, I cautiously approached looking to see the depth of the ice, carefully shifting my weight onto the surface. With one hand holding my nose, and the other my camera and tripod, I shuffled across the ice towards several large cracks which led my eyes to the scene. I was triumphal when I took the shot with only a few minutes of sunlight left. Lessons learned a nosebleed in cold temperatures can make a mess when it freezes to your face.