My “ice walk” in Lincoln, Massachusetts with my son on the solstice was very satisfying photographically. At one point I trudged off the path and through the bush to capture some winter scenes of the marsh in a state of semi-frozen. Here is the first image that I took, which I was very happy with. This is truly as it looks and even more truly why we live in New England – that and the intimate understanding that the land and seasons in Massachusetts give us of the pursuit of liberty that began on a bridge not so very far from the site, where this photograph was taken. I have stood by that bridge on the April anniversary of the battle and as the chilly wind blew in my face developed both an understanding and a true respect. There are ten rights in the Bill of Rights.
I am driven again to quote Henry David Thoreau. He and Robert Frost are the quintessential chroniclers of winter in New England.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”
Henry David Thoreau Journals, August 23, 1853
Canon T2i with EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens at 100 mm, ISO 1600, Aperture Priority AE Mode 1/400th sec at f/10.0 with no exposure compensation