I had never really listened to a body of water talk; but this small reservoir at the confluence of the Uncompaghre and Gunnison rivers in Delta, Colo., insisted on a conversation as its ice-covered skin loosened and shifted under a strengthening Spring sun. It's voice sounded like the deep groans of whales, punctuated by thunderous crackles rippling beneath the frozen surface. I stayed on the shoreline to take this image with the Grand Mesa as a backdrop. I also discovered this heart-shaped leaf trapped in the ice, reminding me that it was almost Valentine's Day.
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Paul Larmer is HCN's executive director.