As the sun begins to set, the destruction of the Ice Storm of 2013 can be seen here at Milne Dam Conservation Park in Markham, Ontario
In the third of a three part pictorial on the ice storm of 2013 that hit Ontario, we take a look at the beauty of the ice storm from afar. The freezing rain that fell over the course of 24 plus hours coated everything with a thick layer of ice. And when the sun came out, the world was turned into a sparkling winter wonderland. Perhaps the best thing about this ice storm from a photography stand point, was the extreme cold temperatures for days after, meaning that despite the sun coming out, the ice did not melt for almost a week, resulting in lots of photo opportunities.
The pictures featured here were captured in several parks in Markham and a couple of different locations around Bath, Ontario.
In a park in Markham, a tree and the ice on its branches are lit up by the sun directly behind it.
A tree, looking all sad and droopy, after the Ice Storm at Milne Dam Conservation Park. The same tree can be seen on the right of the banner picture of this post.
The sun begins to light the sky over Lake Ontario near Amherstview, Ontario
Survival of the Fittest
An HDR image of a young tree after the ice storm, none the worse for wear, as dawn breaks near Amherstview, Ontario
Worth Its Weight in Gold
I wanted to get a little more of the detail of the ice on the branches, so I composed this shot with the dropping branch firmly in the centre of the frame with the sun directly behind. Also taken near Amherstview, Ontario
Same branch as above, just recomposed.
Warm Glow, Cool Ice
A view of the setting sun from Heritage Park in Bath, Ontario. The smoking stack in the distance is the LaFarge’s Bath Cement Plant and just beyond that the twin smoke stacks of the Lennox Generating Station can be seen. The warm tones of the setting sun are in stark contrast to the coldness felt in the sparkling ice.
Winter Morning D-Light
I had been to Finkle’s Shore Park, just west of Bath, Ontario many times before and loved the look of its majestic trees with the beautiful backdrop of Lake Ontario behind. In the summer months the sun rises at a bearing of 68°, meaning it rises parallel to the line of trees along the shoreline making it difficult to frame any picture evenly. But thanks to the winter solstice, the sun rises at a bearing of 135°, which means it’s rising perpendicular to the line of trees.
Ice Storm 2013-The Destruction
Ice Storm 2013-The Beauty Up Close