The many recreational trails near my home provide opportunities for mountain biking, running, and skiing depending on the season. Most do not consider them as photo locations, and I rarely bring my camera along as there is not an obvious subject or composition along this network of rail trail. The most recent storm left a good deal of snow and scouring wind, leaving the trees bare. Normally not great winter shooting conditions. As I skied along the trail, I noticed that the recently frozen slurry of snow and water on a marsh had left a single oak leaf visible on a patch of ice. In the opposite direction were some interesting ice formations that occur each year before solid ice forms. I thought the potential was there for some unique images so I skied back to my car, loaded up my camera gear and tripod on my back and returned to capture the leaf image just as the sun had come out. I needed a long lens (320mm) to isolate the subject from the shore as the ice was not thick enough to support me for overhead view. I focus stacked to keep it all sharp.