Finding light in the cold

The bitter cold last weekend, that by the way still persists at the moment, didn’t stop us to have a little hike down on the Heritage Trail along the Little Maquoketa River. It was about the time when the sun disappeared behind the ridge and the shadows started filling the valley. When I realized the reflections that developed on the ice in the river bed I saw my chance for a photo. I didn’t have enough reach with the 24-120 mm lens to isolate the scene as you see it here. A wire fence between the trail and the river prevented me to zoom in with my feet, means getting closer to the subject. The upper part of the slope was still in direct sunlight and so I made the click and cropped the picture in Lightroom. I hate to loose pixels, but if it makes the difference, having the shot or not, I can make a compromise. Can I? ;-)