Towards the end of winter often times the snow will melt off the lakes leaving the ice exposed. when this happens I like to head out onto the ice and look for leaves that have been frozen in the ice. This is usually a nice change of pace from the birds and mammals that I have usually been photographing during the winter. This type of photography is a lot more thoughtful, and not as reactionary as bird photography. With this type of photography I am working more with pattern, form, and texture. The photography itself is pretty straight forward, the challenge here is in trying to find pleasing compositions.
For this second image I actually gently removed the leaf from the ice and laid it next to the leaf shaped impression in the ice.
If you are out there early and get a nice frosty morning you can get some hoar frost on your subject as well.