Creative Reflections in The Pond

Finally there was a break from the rainy weather yesterday. I wished for the sun but after days of gray, rainy weather; I was very happy to settled for a cloudy day. At least I can get out and shoot some fall colors. We took a road trip to Big Four mountain or also known as Big Four Ice Caves. I have never been there before so I was excited by the prospect of taking pictures of ice caves. The trip was short. It took about an hour to get there from my house. As I stood in front of the majestic looking mountain peaks, I felt very grateful to be able to experience such beauty.

The elevation of the mountain is about 6,135 ft (1,870 m) and the ice caves are easily accessible with a short hike through the dense forest on a very well maintained trail.

On the way to the ice caves, I came a cross a nice little pond with the mountain reflection. I took a few shots. Unfortunately, the clouds were thick so the lighting condition wasn’t the best for getting the bright fall colors I was looking for.

I didn’t like the dark clouds in the water. And decided to zoom in and use longer exposure to brighten the water.

The result was better but overall, I still find the scene rather boring looking. So… I zoom in some more… all the way up to the maximum of the lens — which is 250mm. And when I looked into the view finder — something clicked in my creative brain. I was very excited by what I saw.  The reflections from the vegetation and tree branches created an amazing array of colors, textures, and details. I knew this was the kind of shots that would get my creativity working.




As I was busy composing, I saw a trout jumped out of the water causing ripples to form. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough to shoot the fish jumping but very glad the ripples changed the stillness of the water. I love the painterly feel the ripples created.

It took me over an hour to make the 1 mile hike to the ice caves. Hey… there were a lot of distractions along the way. And yes, I did take photos of the ice caves — but since it was too dangerous to go into the caves — the photos from the outside wasn’t too impressive. A black hole covered with dirty snow is about as attractive as the yellow snow. 😉

Life have a way of creating opportunities when you least expect it. I certainly enjoyed the creative reflections in the pond. 🙂

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25 Comments on “Creative Reflections in The Pond

  1. Zooming in was definitely worthwhile! No matter the conditions, I believe there are always worthwhile photos to be found (or created, depending on your perspective), and this post illustrates this perfectly.

    • Thanks Maggie for the compliment.The pond was smooth like a mirror, except for the occasional fish jumping and the water strider bugs gliding.

  2. Very good “seeing” Emily! I still contend that there is always something great to shoot, you just have to find it. You did a great job of that and the reflections are great!

    • That’s one thing about photography — I learn to always look up and down and all the way around. You just never know what you might find. Thanks for the compliment, Jonathon. 🙂

    • It was the colors that attracted me. I was looking for fall colors but the trees are still mostly green. Unfortunately, we don’t get the bright color foliage like they do on the Northern East of the United States.

  3. Reflections are nice. Lately I’ve been doing a bunch. I got a shot of the arch in St Louis reflected in the pond nearby. At some point I will post it. Too bad you couldn’t enter the ice caves. They sound interesting.

      • Reflections are always interesting to photograph, especially when the surface is like a mirror. The area where the ice caves are located is very dangerous. Unfortunately, a 10 year old girl die last year from a fallen piece of ice.

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