Frosty Morning, which placed third in the Wildlife and Nature category of our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest, was taken along Birch Bluff Road (Tonka Bay) by Judy Voigt Englund of Excelsior.
“I was on my way to visit my mother and stopped right along the road to admire the rime ice. It had been a foggy morning,” she says. “I only had my cell phone with me, so I rolled down the window and took a couple of photos with my cell [Apple iPhone 8].”
“I love rime ice and hoar frost,” Voigt Englund says. “It is so beautiful and so delicate and so ephemeral. With the sun and breeze, you know it is quickly going to disappear. I especially love the play of white snow and trees against the brilliant blue sky.”
Photographing the area has long been a part of Voigt Englund’s life. “My family has lived and played near the lake for almost 40 years,” she says. ”I love being on the water in the summer, stopping at public access points to see the sunrises and sunsets (and comets) and walking on the many trails, which pass by and over the lake (biking, hiking). I also love stopping by osprey nests to try and capture adults and chicks during the nesting season. And, of course, Excelsior makes a fun backdrop for my grandkids and their pets.”