“Pic of the Week” runs weekly in The Union Democrat and features the work of local amateur photographers. To submit your original photo for “Pic of the Week,” email a high-resolution jpg file to editor@uniondemocrat.com . Include a caption with information about the picture and contact information. Please, no more than one submission per month per photographer.

Reader Peggy O’Brien shares this photo entitled “Mother nature at it’s best” taken in Soulsbyville, of water that froze over a balloon during the last winter storm.

Reader Karen Taylor submitted the photo entitled “Snow Caps” which was taken by Marvin Taylor, a resident of Peter Pam (Cold Springs) with his Samsung Galaxy phone. The location is in Strawberry overlooking the South Fork Stanislaus on Feb. 5. He liked the snow “frosting” on the rocks in the river.