I like shooting “at the edges”. Sometimes the “edge” is during brief moments as¬†light changes¬†through a day. Sometimes the “edge” happens when a storm or cloud front breaks. Sometimes it is even at the edge of a season.

I have been away for the past month, traveling from New Mexico through Colorado to Yellowstone National Park for several different photo workshops and magazine assignments. This is a great time of year to travel across the Rockies. Animals, plants, and the big landscapes all react and shift as autumn heads into winter. Observant photographers have lots and lots to photograph!

While driving into Yellowstone over the Continental Divide, I found a tiny lake on the edge of freezing. Ice crystals were just beginning to form above the dark depths. Once vibrant yellow lily pads struggled to stay atop the freezing water, tattered but defiant to the end.

I tried to find a simple composition with the stems reaching up from the darkness. This one is my favorites. Click the image to see a larger and more vibrant version.

Yellow pond lily (Nuphar polysepalum) pads in freezing pond, Isa Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

Yellow pond lily (Nuphar polysepalum) pads in freezing pond, Isa Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. Canon 1DX II. 150 mm. Polarized. ISO 100. f/16 at .4 sec.