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Ice on the Missouri River by Dawne Olson

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This past winter was exceptionally cold and the morning I photographed the ice in the river was five below zero degrees. It was lightly snowing and I stood on a bridge to take the photograph. The picture lends itself well to a black and white scene depicting, for me, the austerity of that morning. The ice was moving very quickly and the sound of the miniature ice bergs rubbing up against each other added to the chill.

photographed from the Vermillion, Newcastle bridge on the South Dakota, Nebraska border.

This image was awarded “Best of Show” in a juried exhibition hosted by the Yankton Area Arts.


  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 6 years ago

    I really like the composition. And it does convey the cold very well. -5 is pretty darn cold. I wish we had the sound that you heard as well. Where along the Missouri?

  • Thanks John! This picture was taken along the stretch of the Missouri river that creates the border between South Dakota and Nebraska.

    – Dawne Olson

  • Gavin J Hawley
    Gavin J Hawleyover 5 years ago

    beautiful image. love the viewpoint you have taken. looks real cold there.

  • Hi Gavin.. and thanks! yes it was one of the worst cold snaps all winter. I kept jumping back in the car to warm my fingers up enough to manipulate the settings on my camera.

    – Dawne Olson

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...over 5 years ago

    Wow! Dawne! I just CAN’T comprehend that cold! BRRRRRRRRRRRR! What a great shot!

  • Thanks for your enthusiastic response! It is ridiculous how cold it can get. I didn’t stand there for too long admiring it.

    – Dawne Olson

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