Even though we may not feel very friendly about our world at the moment, it’s still full of beauty and wonders. Photographer Eric Gross managed to capture a piece of this beauty at Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. He photographed an otherworldly sight of “frozen waves” on the lake’s surface, and the photos are absolutely stunning.
Eric visited Dream Lake in February. There were many photographers at the location when he went to take photos, so he went searching for a place to find a different perspective from others. This is when he ran into these frozen waves and decided to photograph them.
Many of the photos were taken at a ground-level shot, and Eric used a DIY approach to get the desired perspective. The tripod wasn’t the best solution on an icy lake, so he used a beanbag that he made himself. I was made from rice, plastic bag, and a rag stapled around the plastic bag. Thanks to the rag, he could safely and securely place his rig directly on the ice and it wouldn’t slide. So there’s an idea for you if you decide to make your own beanbag.
As for these “frozen waves,” it’s still unknown how exactly they occur. But as Eric told Colossal, it seems to be a combination of low temperatures, ice, and winds:
“Through multiple melt/freeze cycles and after periods of high winds, the mounds and divots are shaped into deep curves, sometimes with sharp ridges and lines that give the appearance of regular lake waves, frozen in time.”