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Storm Lake Sunset

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A full day in trial and a four-hour drive home in freezing temps at the end of a Friday. Part way through the journey, I cut through Storm Lake. I had never been there but wanted to take a look, even though it was iced over and barren.

Just as I turned onto the lakeside road, the sun began to slip behind the horizon, the skyline erupting in colored brilliance. I turned around in the parking lot of the Sail Inn Motel, pulled over on the road and wrestled my work camera from its bag.

After stepping into the wind, I fired off a frame and realized the camera was still set for the interior of a dark courtroom. The image was washed out. I quickly re-metered and resumed shooting. One frame, and the sun was a sliver peeking out from trees on the distant shore. Another frame, the sun was a thinner sliver and gone on the third frame.
A lot of things in life involve just the right timing.

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Photo: Frozen lake

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Frozen Lake. (c) 2018 J.S. Reinitz

Photos: Mill on the river

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Mill on the Wapsipinicon River. (C) J.S. Reinitz

Last night, we drove through the obligatory Midwest spring break snow storm, which means we only have a few more weeks of freezing weather before it starts to warm up.

So, as we prepare for spring’s belated arrival, here are a few more winter scenes. These were taken around a former mill on the Wapsipinicon River. Here, the ice on the dam was starting to thaw, and the water was beginning to flow.

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Drainage pipes form frozen waterfalls on a bridge over the Wapsipinicon River. (C) J.S. Reinitz.

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Drainage pipes form frozen waterfalls on a bridge over the Wapsipinicon River. (C) J.S. Reinitz.