Irrespective of the flat light Kathy this makes for a great image....especially for folks like me in Australia who'd never chance upon such a scene at home. EVER! Beautiful tones and I really like the patterns left by the footprints.
Ice fishing is such an interesting concept to those of us who've never done it... I can't imagine wanting to sit out there and freeze, but I know plenty of people do it...and have a great time, too. I agree that the flat lighting adds to the feeling of cold and the solitary nature of this moment. Clearly this was not the only person out there since the last snow. How great to be able to see something like this!
Good memories. As a child Dad took us up to a reservoir about a mile from the house and taught us how to fish like this. Difference was we'd build a big fire up against a large upright stone on the shore and sit there until a red flag popped up from the tip-ups.
Nice composition. Hard for me to get past the personal content here, but nicely captured, with the less trod portion to the top adding a lot of interest... talk about "leading lines."