I was driving back from an appointment and the clouds were just gorgeous. I changed my route slightly so I could see if the clouds were reflecting at all in the water. There was a breeze and the water was a bit choppy, so I could my route again to see if I could find a quiet bay on Lake Winnebago.
I wasn't the only car parked there. Others were enjoying the lower temperature day after having a string of two weeks with temperatures uncharacteristically warm. It was around lunch time and there are a few benches here overlooking the water.
I got out my camera and surveyed the area. To my eye, it looked like the reflections weren't all that apparent. I thought I might as well try to capture some aspect of reflection. The clouds were so cool.
When I got home, I was very pleased with my photos.
The dark cloud made an interesting contrast to the rest of the puffy clouds. I liked the way the reflection of the clouds created a faint white line in the lake. I also liked the tiny clouds, like three dots (....) form a connection between the big, dark cloud and the rest of the smaller ones.
Since I wasn't completely sure if I was getting the reflections that I wanted, I took a few more shots.
I shot both vertically and horizontally. I waited for the breeze to subside a bit and was so pleased to see a slightly rippled reflection in the lake.
Changing my camera to vertical orientation and then I let the breeze create a slightly different version of the reflection. I really liked the ripples of the reflection in this particular version. The water and the breeze are playing with this reflection and each breeze, each ripple creates a different effect.
I probably stopped for only 10 minutes. 5 minutes to photograph; 5 minutes to pause and appreciate the clouds, the water, and the reflections on a summer day.