Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Weather Change - SkyWatch Friday

After a couple days with lots of snow Lake Monroe in southern Indiana didn't look like a lake anymore. It is the largest lake in Indiana and is completely frozen with a foot of snow on top of the ice. The sunset looked like it was going to be an interesting one so I headed out to the lake. When I first got there it was mostly cloudy but within about 10 minutes a snow squall had moved in reducing visibility to about 30 feet. I figured that it wouldn't last long so after waiting for only about 1o minutes the sun came back out and by the time the sun was about to set it was partly cloudy with blue skies.


This was taken during the snow squall. The exposed tree roots created an interesting foreground with good contrast with the white out.



This was taken as the sun was about to set. Many clouds in very interesting shapes were drifting over the lake at sunset. I used a grad ND filter for this and the following shot.

This photo was also taken right before sunset over Lake Monroe.

29 comments:

The Daily said...

great shots

My SWF entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

P-TER said...

Beautiful color in the clouds ! ! !
Great Pictures !
Gr.
P-TER

Kathiesbirds said...

It has the beauty of a barren place. You have done a nice job. As for the snow squall, without the tree roots you could have just posted a photo of a blank sheet of paper and we would never have known!

Rinkly Rimes said...

A great contrast to my own first entry!

Denise said...

Lovely set of photos. Happy SWF.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Oh my! Indiana looks a lot like winter in Ontario right now. ;-)

Photo Cache said...

great post.

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

You have some interesting shots here. Happy SWF!

Rune said...

Very nice photos!

imac said...

I like these shots, great captures and the light was perfect

Steffi said...

Absolutly beautiful pictures for a SWF!Great shot!Have a nice weekend!

PJ said...

I just love what the filter did and I'm glad you got some sunlight.

kden said...

The bottom two photos look like sandy white beaches instead of snow. We can dream can't we?

Kallen305 said...

So pretty! I love the last one especially.

Elaine Dale said...

Great shots Eric! With that pretty sky you could almost think the snow is sand - or the salt flats.

Kalyan said...

The 3rd shot is spectacular. Seems straight out of a painting.

Michele said...

Ah, these are very well done! I love the shadows on the snow...

Mountain Retreat

Babooshka said...

I could be sea salt, snow or sand. Interesting. The other is a beautiful sky

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. Thanks.

rhoen said...

wow! i love the 3rd shot you got here! very dramatic!

Linda said...

Cool pictures - Almost looks like sand instead of snow.

beautiful said...

Nice. Love the skies you posted.

Tranquility said...

Those are all beautiful photos. I love the crisp white against that very blue backdrop!

*Niina* said...

Nice photos - I like the last one! =)

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful wintery photos for Sky Watch Friday, thanks for sharing with us all.

Bird said...

Gorgeous - so dramatic! I love the bleakness of the landscape. happy Skywatch!

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Hmmm - the last time I was at Lake Monroe there was dedinetly water - the blue kind!

Great photos.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Love this bottom shot. It's quite surreal seeing the white across the ground like that. It must be a peacefu to stand here.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

absolutely great captures for skywatch...love all three shots.
have a wonderful weekend.

erin