By Jamie Smith
They might look like snow-capped mountains on a windy day, but these atmospheric shots – taken at precisely the right time – actually show huge waves crashing.
The ‘liquid mountains’ were captured at Lake Erie in Port Stanley, Canada by landscape and wildlife photographer, Trevor Pottelberg.
The 41-year-old, from Ontario, often visits the small fishing village with his family and waits patiently for the perfect conditions on the lake to take the breath-taking pictures.
Trevor said: “Lake Erie can produce some incredible waves when the conditions are just right.
“Being the shallowest of the five great lakes, it can go from calm to downright nasty in a matter of minutes.
“Some of my wave captures take on the form of a mountain or mountain ridge. Others take on the shape of animals, mythical creatures or ghostly faces.
“Every wave and outing is different, which makes it a dynamic type of photography.
“When I’m working, I’m focused primarily on capturing the precise moment.
“I often miss seeing certain shapes and formations until I have time to sit down and look through the images. That’s when the real excitement happens.
“I try to freeze a split second in time that would otherwise go unnoticed. In the blink of an eye, a wave can form, crest and break apart without a passer-by even noticing.
“My job as a landscape photographer is to capture that moment in time and share it with the rest of the world to admire.
“Water is such a powerful force and a big part of my photography. I rarely capture a scene without some sort of water feature in it. It could be a stream, river, waterfall, lake, frozen ice formation, snow scene etc. All credited to back to water.
“Water is a very powerful and captivating force. It is ever changing and unpredictable. I love the challenge of capturing waves because the results are so unique.”