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 that remind my of neurons, complete with a nucleus and dendrite projections. I thought the potential was there for a unique image so I skied back the next morning with my camera gear to see how light fell on the scene. I needed a long lens (300mm) to isolate the subject from the shore as the ice was not thick enough to support me for a higher view looking down. The rising sun was hitting the trunks of some red pine behind the ice along the shore, casting red and orange reflections on the smooth areas of ice. This lighting accentuated the neuron formation amidst the cooler snow and ice shadows. I focus stacked to keep it all sharp.