Regardless of the amount of snow we get (it seems to come and go with the weather), once temperatures stay mostly below freezing, the freeze-up of wetlands, ponds and streams begins. If you're in search of reflections, as I was, you're out of luck!
I thought I'd catch at least a few reflections as I drove around a few days ago photographing barns and fences, but this wetland was completely iced-over. Certainly not thick ice yet, my foot would have plunged right through, but complete, with wisps of snow blowing around on top, accumulating against last summer's dried brown vegetation.
It amazes me that denizens of a wetland like this can survive, perhaps hibernating, in the mud beneath the ice and frigid water. Some frogs even partially freeze and then wake up again in the spring like magic!
This was the closest I came to finding reflections in water. This is a year-round spring, which never freezes in my experience, and varies only a little in flow over the year. You can see the snowflakes in the air, and I'll undoubtedly post a winter picture of this wrapped in white eventually.
The closest stream to us, which actually isn't in the valley at all, is the Rocky Saugeen, quite close to the headwater springs. It has frozen well in from the sides, but with a fairly strong flowing current, hasn't frozen down the middle just yet.
Oh, and I finally did find my relfection when I turned around and noticed it in the window of our shed. I'm going to have to become more creative in my photography!