View Full Version : Frozen waterfalls. Let's embrace the beauty of winter.

Rich Jones
01-23-2014, 03:54 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3705/12107144765_edf7499952_c.jpghttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5518/12107814406_db5b7fd4b2_c.jpgInspired by Katherine's "This winter SUCKS" thread, I decided to just give in to winter and enjoy the beauty. The dear wife and I took a hike to our local swimming hole today to see how things are doing. It's a small river about five miles from the house on public land. It's used by the locals in the summer. It's a series of three tumbling waterfalls with swimming holes beneath. I've pictures of the lower two, but the upper one was too dangerous to get to due to ice, snow and the need to do some rock climbing. The upper one has the best swimming area, though. The middle falls is about 15' in height. What appears as tumbling water is actually frozen solid. Water is still rushing beneath the ice, though. The lower falls is only about 10' tall, but still a great spot to swim. Second shot is the river exiting the area. This is what you call "lethal beauty". One slip and you're dead!http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2836/12107506404_861597c2bd_c.jpg

So, get your cameras out, record the winter beauty in your area and share it here.

Paul Pless
01-23-2014, 04:00 PM
Nice post Rich!

David G
01-23-2014, 04:02 PM
Here's a local one:


01-23-2014, 04:02 PM
The mainland sea caves north of Bayfield Wisconsin are open right now. The ones out on the islands are nice too. http://www.mnn.com/sites/default/files/user/131413/ice%20walls%20apostle.jpg

Rich Jones
01-23-2014, 04:06 PM
Here's a local one:

http://icons-ak.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/r/Rutabagas/57.jpg Oh, great! Now I've got frozen waterfall envy!!:D

Phil Y
01-23-2014, 04:23 PM
Nice bridge too

David G
01-23-2014, 04:27 PM
Oh, great! Now I've got frozen waterfall envy!!:D

Well... the Columbia River Gorge is spectacular in a lot of ways. Big waterfalls that freeze in the winter is just one example. But any size or configuration... they're all interesting, and often quite lovely.

ETA - and of course, Rich can walk out his back door and hike to those falls he shot. I'd have to drive an hour to get to Multnomah Falls!

Here's another - Horsetail Falls:


David G
01-23-2014, 04:53 PM
Nice bridge too

The Benson Bridge. It's a lovely bridge, with a nice view. This is what happens, though, when the ice works the rocks above loose:


01-23-2014, 06:34 PM
Very nice post!

A few years back we were up in Quebec city for winter carnival and on a whim drove out of town if for no other reason than to actually drive the car we were paying $20/day to park in the old town.

Just outside of the city was a beautifully frosted park with a huge frozen waterfall that we admired briefly until I noticed the black specs that were ice climbers.

Them guys was crazy!!!!


01-24-2014, 01:19 AM
From a Shibari photo shoot I did last weekend.

http://i1288.photobucket.com/albums/b498/Oysterhouse1/DSCF2201_zpsa0b4fa7a.jpg (http://s1288.photobucket.com/user/Oysterhouse1/media/DSCF2201_zpsa0b4fa7a.jpg.html)

01-24-2014, 07:48 AM
In a land far, far, away...


01-24-2014, 09:28 PM
http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/marleedog/6823f934-1f4a-48cc-be79-dc2c87c48b55_zpse1366f1e.jpg (http://s641.photobucket.com/user/marleedog/media/6823f934-1f4a-48cc-be79-dc2c87c48b55_zpse1366f1e.jpg.html)

jack grebe
01-24-2014, 09:37 PM
gawd.........just looking at pictures makes the arthritis in my back hurt...........

looks pretty though

01-24-2014, 10:05 PM
We used to climb this one: the Great White Icicle near Salt Lake City. 5-6 pitches roped, but after we did it a few times we soloed it without placing anchors, which can be safer on this sort of thing.


01-24-2014, 10:09 PM
http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu133/marleedog/962499bd-fc76-4762-85c7-394bd15076d4_zpsf9611929.jpg (http://s641.photobucket.com/user/marleedog/media/962499bd-fc76-4762-85c7-394bd15076d4_zpsf9611929.jpg.html)

jack grebe
01-24-2014, 10:10 PM
looks pretty though

pretty damn cold

01-25-2014, 08:55 AM
Here's Buzzards Bay in Quissett, just 2 miles North of Woods Hole, yesterday:


Looking towards Quissett Harbor from halfway up the lump of granite in the photo above:


Closeup of salt rime on the fence:


Tide dragging ice under a bridge into a marsh - you can't walk on this stuff!


David G
01-25-2014, 12:14 PM
Salt Ice has always fascinated me. Marvelous... and just a bit creepy somehow.

Keith Wilson
01-25-2014, 12:43 PM
This is Minnehaha falls, in a city park just over the Ford bridge in Minneapolis. You can walk behind it, although in winter it's harder. Not officially allowed, but it's only a low fence and a short walk, and nobody will stop you. I've only done it in summer.



01-25-2014, 02:28 PM
Pretty photo, Keith— amazing blues!

01-26-2014, 09:02 AM
Looking for fish