“It snows in Portland, sure, but it never sticks.” We heard this from at least four people before we moved here, just months before Portland’s most intense snowstorm in a generation.

Being cold-loving penguins, we welcomed the “snowpocalypse” of winter 2017, watching the neighborhood kids shut off a steep street for sledding, and bemused by the Unipiper’s shoveling skills. Mostly, though, we loved watching the snow turn to water and then to ice, encasing everything in transparent stillness. This image was shot between snowstorms, capturing the ephemeral beauty of water in its most dangerously beautiful form.