Behold a Rare Sight – Awesome Frozen Waves At Dream Lake, Colorado

Frozen Waves At Dream Lake, Colorado

The coronavirus has been going on and it is dominating both the airwaves and our minds for the past many weeks. So, why not take a break from all the sad and stressful news of the lockdown and fresh our minds, even if for a moment, on things that await us once the quarantine period is over.

Eric Gross is a landscape photographer from Colorado, US who’s in search of unseen natural gems in North America and beyond. And he photographed a unique phenomenon that has since then hypnotized the world.

When we think we’ve seen it all in nature, another marvel makes its way to the internet

Image credits: Eric Gross

Back in February, Eric journeyed to Dream Lake in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. When he arrived that first morning, right before sunset, he saw at least a dozen other photographers roaming around, taking pictures. So he moved away to a more isolated part of the lake for a unique perspective.

“While much of the lake was simply bumpy, one small section near the shore actually had what looked like frozen waves with sharp edges, hard curves, and steep sides. I couldn’t explain what I was seeing, so while trying to imagine how ‘frozen waves’ could occur, I started shooting. And shooting, and shooting,” said Gross.

Image credits: Eric Gross

It wasn’t long until the photographer found a method that gave a truly novel perspective. And so his first photograph taken of the frozen waves kept the enthusiasm up for days to come.

His Instagram post of the ice waves called the unique moment as wind-swept waters frozen in time, reflected from a perspective that seems otherworldly due to the lake looking like a pond of liquid metal.

Photographer Eric Gross was able to snap some photos of the unique frozen waves at Dream Lake, Colorado

Image credits: Eric Gross

The ice wave phenomenon isn’t too rare, especially in the Rocky Mountain National Park, but it certainly provides a more unique contour compared to occurrences elsewhere. The world is yet to figure out what exactly plays a role in the formation of these ice waves, but there are two prevalent theories so far: [1] it is the result of the synergy of water, cold weather, and wind, or [2] drifting snow melting across the surface of the frozen lake and re-freezing into ice over time.

Image credits: Eric Gross

Eric described it as wind-swept waters frozen in time, visualized from a perspective that seems otherworldly

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Believe it or not, he hiked up to Dream Lake twice, taking a meticulously planned approach the second time around

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

“What I learned from this experience is that for most locations, there is simply no way to plan a foreground for an image. It requires going to the site and walking around, possibly for hours, to find something interesting enough to take up half the image. Even on the carved ice, I have dozens of images from different pockets that aren’t nearly as compelling as the best ones, which showed that moving just a few inches can have an enormous impact on the image’s foreground,” said Gross.

Lastly, we asked Eric about his plans for upcoming photographs and whether he has other unique shots prepared for his audience. He had this to say: “As some hype built around these images and the lake itself, it became apparent that an interesting foreground, combined with a beautiful landscape background, is my ultimate prize. As Covid-19 has shuttered some areas and effectively locked me out of some opportunities before winter ends, my plan now is to put my boots to the ground a lot more often, looking for the most interesting foregrounds, instead of focusing more on dramatic mountain peaks.”

Despite being challenged by the weather and the lake starting to melt, he managed to get the shot he wanted

Image credits: Eric Gross

He continued: “While I don’t yet have a timeline, I’ve begun creating a list of prior images from across North America that I want to retake with a more artistic eye in an attempt to take world-famous landscapes and create something truly original from them.”

If you’ve enjoyed Eric’s spectacular shots of Dream Lake, why not check out more of his work in the article below and be sure to visit his websiteFacebook, and Instagram page for more. And why not tell us in a comment about some of the more unique things you’ve seen in photography in the comments below!

Here are some of Eric’s other photos featured on his Instagram

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

Image credits: Eric Gross

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