Gabriel works in a village very close to a large lake called the Pfäffikersee, so he was one of the first people to hear about the city officially declaring the lake frozen enough to walk on. It hasn’t frozen solid in over in more than 10 years, so we got layered up to venture out to experience what it’s like to walk on a giant frozen lake. When we got to one of the docks, I looked out on the horizon and saw all these people way out that really just looked like little black dots moving around. People were way out ice-skating, pulling sleds, or just walking like us and it was the coolest thing. Being from tropical Alabama, this was a very different experience for me.
We walked across to another side of the lake and people were selling bratwurst, risotto, glüwein, hot cider and all kinds of yummy things for the hundreds of people who came just to play on the frozen lake. Kids were in their snow suits, sliding around, while adults took the opportunity to bring out their dusty skates for the first time in years. As we walked back to our starting point, skaters would leisurely glide by as if on a joy ride, hanging out in the -12 C windy cold. It was a sight for this southerner, that’s for sure. I always try to make a habit out of photographing the first snow of the year, but since this year the snow came rather late, I photographed the frozen vineyards in Malans a few weeks back so I’m posting those as well as my first ever experience walking on water. Grab a hot cup of coffee and enjoy. Happy Sunday!