We've had an unusually warm winter in Chicago this year. On a recent hike in January we found some ducks enjoying a swim. Though the pond was almost 3/4s of the way frozen, they made use of every available unfrozen space they could.
"Unfortunately, nature is very much a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't affair. A fish flashes, then dissolves in the water before my eyes like so much salt. Deer apparently ascend bodily into heaven; the brightest oriole fades into leaves. Those disappearances stun me into stillness and concentration; they say of nature that it conceals with a grand nonchalance...
... and they say of vision that it is a deliberate gift, the revelation of a dancer who for my eyes only flings away her seven veils. For nature does reveal as well as conceal..." ~Annie Dillard
Linked to: Kent Weakley Photography, Live and Love Out Loud, Project Alicia, Poetic Winter Photo Challenge