I am not a big fan of ice. Scraping my windshield is way up there on my list of dreaded things I have to do. But, I do love photographing ice. During our recent cold spell and lingering ice I spent my free time wandering around searching for interesting designs, shapes, texture and patterns as the ice melted a little bit and then refroze. I wrote a blog entry a little while ago http://www.morningsun.net/blogs/photos/x1631899476/PHOTO-BLOG-Practice-Practice-Practice about how I give myself personal assignments with my little point and shoot camera that helps me become a better photographer. For me to make a strong image, I need to understand exposure and composition and all the other technical things, which I do (a never ending opportunity to learn), but I also need to see. By that I mean that I need to be able to focus and find an image in a larger scene that helps visually show what a particular story is about and usually I need to work fast. I need to be able to see the details that can lead to a telling image. This is one of the reasons why I give myself these personal assignments. It teaches me to take my time, search and not overlook things and this is training my eyes which will help me down the road when I am on deadline. Plus it is just fun to get outside and get some sunshine.