Fire and ice: Student shutterbugs drawn to nature’s fleeting beauty | Photo gallery

It seems that every eye, and not a few camera lenses, were drawn to the spectacle of last month’s rare ice storm.

Seventeen-year-old camera bug Kyle Seymour noticed fiery red tree buds encased in ice on a fallen tree in his yard.

“I stumbled across this amazing sight,” he said.

Like Seymour, teen Rachel Mallasch was drawn to the fleeting beauty of the ice. As her younger sister Ryann wandered through the heavy, crusted branches, Rachel saw the artistic possibilities—“I liked the way the ice reflected on her red jacket and how it looks like she’s enclosed in the ice.”

When bored, Seymour drives around, looking for vistas.

“In each photo I take, I try to make a statement about the scenery and display its true essence,” he explained.

Seymour's ice-crusted tree photo won first place in the Scenic Photo Contest student division. He receives a two-hour mentoring session with local photographer Mary Miller.

Annika Laufer, a seventh grade student, won second place and a camera tripod courtesy of Omega Photo for her shot, "Still Water."


Kyle Seymour




Molly Mulligan


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Annika Laufer


Rachel Mallasch


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