I came across this stream leading through the woodlands on a winter walk, last Christmas Eve. It was getting close to sunset, and I had almost given up hope of getting a decent picture before I saw this. All of the little footprints you can see are muntjac deer. Although I didn’t see any when I was there, the snow had only fallen the previous night so there must have been plenty around.
When I first saw this stream, my initial idea was to get down to the water’s edge and place the camera almost in the water. I’ve seen plenty of shots like that before and they all seem to be pretty good. Unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly wearing wading gear, and the snow had completely covered the bank and was actually floating on the water. That meant I couldn’t get as close to the edge as I’d hoped, so I settled for this shot. In fact, it turned out much better than I had hoped for. Maybe if I had got the original shot I wanted, I wouldn’t have got this?
by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com