Photography by Ben Jacobi | Pic of the Week 12/23/16: Icy Sunset

Pic of the Week 12/23/16: Icy Sunset

December 23, 2016  •  1 Comment

Pic of the Week: 12/23/16

"Icy Sunset"

Date taken: 12/26/12

Location: Iowa Park, TX


Yesterday was the Winter solstice and our temperatures were sitting at a pleasant, but nonseasonal, 69 degrees. This is coming from the previous week which our highs barely topped in the 40s. What's that old saying? "In Texas we have 4 seasons in one week". Sometimes that seems pretty accurate. In fact as I type this post I am simultaneously listening to the forecast on the radio. Looks like it will be rainy and windy during our Christmas. But that's OK. I love Texas weather that is as colorful and unpredictable as the people that inhabit the great state. But truthfully, I feel just a little left out. While most of the northern half will be enjoying a snowy white Christmas and we'll be in a dull gray, rainy mess. I can only think of a handful of Christmases that were white. Some even significant like the 2009 Christmas blizzard! Or the photo down below. Although this one was right after Christmas back in 2012. 


Icy SunsetIcy Sunset © Ben Jacobi


The snow and ice fell the morning after Christmas and lasted for a few days. I thought about getting up early in the morning to shoot the freshly fallen snow in a sunrise, but I couldn't seem to bring myself from the comfort of my warm bed. I didn't think too much of it until one of my good friends posted an excellent sunrise photo. After seeing his image I decided if the snow stuck around I would drive down to Middle Lake and see if I could catch a nice sunset. The high temperature never reached above freezing so I had high hopes for some snow on the ground. I carefully drove out to Middle Lake traversing the slick back roads and ended up in the parking lot. To my surprise the snow was mostly untouched and a thing layer of ice had formed away from the shore of the lake. The waves became frozen and packed along the edge of the shore. With some careful framing and moving closer to the ice I was able to turn this lake into a wintry landscape. I really love the leading line created by the frozen waves that lead out to the edge of the ice. Vibrant, warm sunset colors intersect the cool blue ice creating tension and helping bring the eye to the wonderful sunset. The clouds in the sky really help give the image more depth and add a nice texture to the overall scene. This is a photo of opposites. There are opposing colors on the color wheel, rough ragged ice vs smooth silky clouds, and lastly the warm and cool temperatures. This was my favorite photo from the sunset and one that I always enjoy seeing. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 


Gene Forsythe(non-registered)
Wow ! If you hadn't indicated the location, anyone seeing this shot would believe it was taken up in the arctic somewhere. It has that "far away horizon" feel that so symbolizes the far north.

Well Done.
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