Going to the lake is an essential summer activity, but most of us tend to stay away once temperatures drop below zero.
But if these photographs are any indication, that’s a mistake. Lakes become something entirely different when they freeze over, and the transformed landscapes they create often look like they’re on another planet. In the right circumstances, a frozen lake is a photographer’s—and a nature-lover’s—dream.
If you want to spend time in scenery like this, we suggest you take up ice fishing, or skating, or photography. Or simply standing and staring. Safety can be a concern if you’re not certain that a lake has frozen over entirely, but standing at the shore often gives you the best vantage point anyway.
So here’s to winter lakes: the crystal-clear ones; the crackling, shattered ones; the geometrically inspiring ones. The next time you jump off a dock in the summer, take a moment to consider the same scene in February, and the serene, silent life your favourite lake lives in the winter.