I took this photo this morning on the way to work. It is looking East from the one-lane bridge near where I work. The ice-covered waterway connects two branches of the Cayuga Lake inlet, and the large building on the hill is (I believe) the Alternative Community School in Ithaca.
It feels weird posting a link to Google on Google+ (you all know about Google, right?) but I was struck by today's Google Doodle. The Olympic colors are 5 in number, and aren't the ones in Google's Sochi Olympics doodle. Google's colors aren't these 6 either. You know who uses these 6 colors as a symbol?
Google doesn't link to the Olympics, but rather to the Olympic Charter, and quotes from the charter -- specifically the section which bans discrimination.
I'm guessing that Google isn't an Olympic sponsor this year, and I'm guessing that Google isn't feeling the Sochi Olympics are compatible with "Don't Be Evil".
This is taken from almost the same spot as the photos from yesterday. I changed the angle a bit so you can see some open water on the left-most edge. I'm fairly certain the tracks on the right edge are cross-country skis. The sun-set is better today than it was yesterday.
I took these two photos walking into work this morning. Both of them are from bridges overlooking waterways that feed Cayuga Lake.
The "landscape" one shows a 5-way intersection of waterways, with 6 Mile Creek crossing what appears to be a Nameless Side-Channel (I can't find a name on a map) with a short reverse-peninsula (water with land on 3 sides) sticking out from it. 6-mile creek goes from left-to-right, while the side-channel goes from upper-left under the bridge in the lower-right, while the reverse-peninsula is straight-ahead in the shot. The tracks through the snow-surface appear to be animal tracks, but I can't identify them. The building where I work is visible through the trees in the center of the photo. You can see an old unused rail-bridge over 6-Mile Creek on the right.
The "portrait" photo is taken from the one-lane bridge behind the rail bridge in the previous photo. It shows the course of 6-mile creek basically from the previous photo to where it runs into Cayuga Lake Inlet. Across from the inlet is West Hill, and the large building is Lehman Alternative Community School.
The whole waterway around here has been frozen over for weeks, and I'm sure some of the tracks I've seen on them are human.
I took these pictures today because I was struck by the beautiful interplay between the white ice and snow, the buildings, the leafless trees, and the deep clear blue sky. This morning was gorgeous.