Early in the winter after ice has formed but before snow accumulates is the time to capture a reflection of the early morning sun on our frozen lakes and streams. “Fire and Ice” was captured on the Wisconsin River just downwind of a paper mill emitting water vapor. When the air is still and there is a bit of temperature inversion, the water vapor clings close to the ground providing water droplets that can refract the early morning light into an amazing and changing array of colors.
As a photographer, be on the lookout for locations that consistently produce water vapor, mist, steam or ground fog. These become your “money locations” as they are likely to produce wonderful morning color with the rising sun. Wisconsin River Hoar Frost is another image captured in this general location showing beautiful early morning color.