A Warm Seat Awaits

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Actually a warm seat awaits across the street at the Tomato Pie Cafe in downtown Lititz ,Pa. I photographed this ice sculpture yesterday and thanks to a stretch of bitter weather, it is still hanging around from last weekends fire and ice festival. The cafe recently added sunday hours and judging by all the footprints in the snow,it seems half the town was headed there. I light painted the scene to add some texture to the snow on an otherwise overcast and flat light morning. I would have preferred fresh untouched snow but folks must have been out and about saturday night leaving all the tracks so it works for a cool shot. This was the first day temperatures climbed to the freezing mark and seemed downright balmy while I shot this.

The Park Bench

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Might be a bit cold to sit and enjoy the park in Lititz,Pa right now, but this was a great photo spot during the lititz fire and ice festival to sit with friends for a snapshot.The colors in the ice come from playground equipment behind the ice sculpture.

Cross Your Heart

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Another ice sculpture from the Lititz fire and ice festival this past weekend. This particular one was located in front of the post office and despite my complaining over the brutal temperatures,the upside was there was no one else out to get in my way while I did the photo. Brutal cold just makes the whole process more complicated,from batteries that die too quickly to tripods that are harder to operate to fingers that hurt so bad you almost want to scream,but you push on because you love the experience. I guarantee every time I see this image, I will instantly remember the whole experience including the bitter cold.

The Apartment Complex

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Fresh snow adds a delicate accent to this colorful housing development for birds. Everyone must be staying in bed because the snow is still on the holes. The poor resident in the top unit probably still thinks it is night-time because his hole is covered.

Warm Heart on a Cold Day

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This shop window in downtown Lititz was the only hint of something warm on an otherwise brutally cold day yesterday. A light dusting of snow added a nice contrast on the sidewalk.The only other folks I saw were three guys clearing the sidewalks and one of them had nothing more than a single sweatshirt on. Now I know common sense is in short supply these days but seriously who wears only a sweatshirt in 3 degree weather with a wind chill of minus 18?