An overhead view of ice growing among green leaves in an outdoor scene
Photo by Sean Fitzgerald

While most Texans stay inside when icy conditions hit, Sean Fitzgerald ventures outside to find something interesting to photograph. During a winter storm in late February 2015, the Dallas-based photographer headed 9 miles southeast of the metroplex to the Texas Buckeye Trail in the 6,000-acre bottomland hardwood Great Trinity Forest. “I remember being alone out in the forest and how utterly quiet it was,” he says. “It was as if the cold had brought everything to a silent halt.” While seeking an abstract shot, he encountered this frozen puddle. “The vibrant green leaves in the ice looked like they had been flash-frozen, as if winter and spring had accidentally merged,” he says.

The March 2024 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

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