On Tuesday night I decided to head out to Stramski Beach before sunset hoping to capture images of a frozen Salem harbor only to find picture perfect pancake ice all around me. I spent an hour exploring compositions including the Stramski pier and close ups of the ice.  As the sun set and the temperature dipped to single digits, the sky lit up with a beautiful and incredibly long sunset. I shot frame after frame but was immediately drawn to this one with the pier and bare trees framing the scene and the pancake ice reflecting the colors of sunset.

I returned to this spot yesterday and was surprised to find that areas of ice that I had been stepping on had melted into ocean water.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens after the blizzard and return of arctic air.

Hope this image will help you stay warm today!