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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Canyon Falls in the Winter: Part THREE

This is the third in my series on Canyon Falls. (If you missed the first two installments, just drop down below this blogpost a few and you will find Part One and Part Two).

I love the swirls and patterns the snow makes in the woods.
In addition, I love the ice patterns that streams make as they freeze and thaw.
You combine those, and I am in heaven with my camera.
Our trip to Canyon Falls provided me with so many pretty shots.

The River had several "open" spots with running rapids next to swirls of pristine white snow:

I just happened to catch a river splash, was even more dramatic in black and white:

And lots of these little lacy ice "shelves" next to the open water:

Some had icicles hanging down, almost touching the fast moving stream, like a curtain:

When we got to the precipice of the falls, we found a HUGE icicle WALL instead of running water! We could HEAR the falls UNDER this ice wall, but we couldn't SEE them!:
The joke was on us.
Here were were, hiking all the way into see Canyon Falls and did NOT find them.
They were under the ice wall!
But still, we loved the ice wall anyway!

And all the ice formations along the river. Like THIS one!:

And ice and tiny falls and bubbles. Oh my!:

And glimpses of ice caves hiding the river:

And huge, dripping icicles!:

Here is the ice curtain in black and white:

I still have more photos of this wonderful trek into Canyon Falls to share with you.

I hope you are enjoying the series.

It won't be long and all of this snow will be gone in the U.P.

I am pre-publishing this and on the day that I am actually writing it (3/6/10), we had a record 55 degrees with sun.

Not to worry, though.

By the time it gets published, we will probably be getting cold and snow again.

That is how it is up here in Northern Michigan.

But that is why I love it so much.

Variety is the spice of life!
Don't forget to enter my FREE photography contest for March!
The theme this month is:
"Something GREEN or Something IRISH"
Follow the RULES LISTED HERE and send me your entry by midnight on March 31, 2010.


DJan said...

Oooo. I love the ice caves best of all. Awesome as usual.

Brian Miller said... the contrast in textures through out the shots...i can hear th water running...

Bossy Betty said...

Once again--beautiful pictures! Your close-ups are gorgeous!

rainfield61 said...

Winter shows its beauty in style.

Cathy Clementz said...

I'm sure there will be more snow and cold before we get home! And I hope not at the time we plan on arriving!!! The B&W shots are very dramatic.

Carol said...

Isn't nature wonderful and God so great to give us the beauty to see, feel and smell. By the way I can almost feel and smell the freshness due to your photography.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice!
It's about 80 degrees here...

Roshni said...

its amazing!! I don't think the joke was on you, you got to see such beautiful sights!! :)

Loree said...

Gorgeous ice formations and beautiful icicles. Everything looks so wonderful.

CiCi said...

Absolutely enjoying the photos. They are nature! They are cooling! I love them.

Unknown said...

Those are fantastic photos! You are a gifted photographer, for sure. They are so sharp and clear!

The Retired One said...

DJan: I loved those little hidden ice pockets too!

Brian: Thanks! Hope it didn't make you want to go to the bathroom. LOL

Bossy: thanks so much! I love taking them.

Rainfield: And so it does!

Cathy: It was 65 degrees today here! WOOT...but of course they are calling for 20's on Monday. But wow, is the snow melting!

Carol: Thanks so was so very fresh and nice out there that day!

Pat: LOL..actually it was 65 degrees here today which is a record...all that snow is melting fast!

Roshni: We weren't too disappointed due to how pretty it was out there that day!

Loree: Thanks so much!

Technobabe: It is melting here so fast, most of that snow is already gone now.

Eva: Thanks, you made my day!

Bernie said...

More beautiful photos from my beautiful them.

When you get a moment Joan will you please e-mail me and tell me how I set up a post to post later. I have tried but well you know, it just didn't work.....:-) Hugs

Ann said...


Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful new template and blog page, Joan... I love your background...

I am enjoying your Canyon Falls in the Winter series... I love seeing all of the pictures... SO---keep 'em coming!!!!

Interesting how you could hear the falls --but couldn't see them.... Bet if you go back after it warms up some, you'll get more great pictures.


Ratty said...

Wonderful pictures of this winter wonderland. The black and white really makes that second picture special.

Michele said...

Brrrr.... yes, goosebumps once more viewing these photos. They are amazing, absolutely breathtaking but ever so chilly-looking.
I am ready for that stuff to melt to photograph flowers and birds...
Take care!

The Retired One said...

Bernie: Thanks! Sure, I will send you an email about it, it is really easy.

Grannyann: It was really nice out that day, not nearly as cold as it looks!

Betsy: Thanks so much...yes we have gone there all the other 3 seasons and it looks so different and so beautiful each season..this is the first winter we could get in to look at it and I loved it!

Ratty: Thanks so was so nice and pretty out there in that winter sunshine.

Michelle: See the next blogpost...we have melted down so fast here ..and I have crocuses blooming! But I still will be posting some winter scenes, I still have plenty to share with you all.

SquirrelQueen said...

All of your photos are great Joan, the little hidden caves and the icicles are amazing. My favorite however is the water splash in black & white, that is a great monochrome shot.

I haven't forgotten the contest but we are headed to the mountains this weekend and I might change my mind about the one I have planned to send, lol.

The Retired One said...

SquirrelQueen: thanks so much...I loved the splash one too...luckily with the burst mode on the camera, I can catch moments like that. :-}
I am so glad you still plan on entering the contest, I will be waiting!

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