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Bjornson Education-Recreation Center is a 400 acre forest located west of Menomonie, Wisconsin and run by the Menomonie School District. Every year thousands of children visit the center. It is also open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing bird watching etc. Although it is not one of my favorite winter photography locations I do like to visit when the temperature gets below zero. There are a number of springs feeding streams on the property. The largest spring has a good flow rate and comes out the base of a hill. Since water temperature is warm and the air temperature is very cold the result is steam and lots of frost on everything along the stream including branches, rocks, leaves, watercress etc. The frost and the rising steam is what I like to photograph.  I typically use my 28-300mm lens and my macro lens when photographing at Bjornson. It is sometimes hard to capture the frost because it is frequently very close to the water so any disturbance of the water results in the destruction of the frost.

Frost

Frost and Watercress

 

Morning mist

Additional photos and directions to Bjornson Education-Recreation Center can be found on my website.

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