Icy Kaaterskill Falls
About a week ago, I posted a photo showing the cool trail in the Catskills that leads to Kaaterskill Falls…so I figured I might as well post a photo of the actual waterfall! There wasn’t a huge amount of water flow, but there was a small amount of ice anywhere within reach of the waterfall’s spray. This photo doesn’t really capture just how high the cliff and waterfalls are, nor the overall size of this amphitheater-like space with it’s huge boulders strewn about. It is a pretty cool place.
Rutherford Falls Ice
I love experiencing waterfalls after a good rain. But sometimes, I also enjoy waterfalls after a good cold spell! This ice-encrusted waterfall just below the outlet of Lake Rutherford in High Point State Park still had a bit of water flowing beneath an icy shell on this particular January day. I did not stick around in the cold too long, but certainly long enough to take a few photos and relax a bit to the sights and sounds of the icy falls.
Isn’t winter great?? I know, it’s still hot and summery here in the northeast, but it is only a matter of time before the snow and ice of winter get here…although there should be a good chunk of great fall weather between then and now. Here is an icy closeup of some frozen spruce needles from an ice storm a couple years ago, just to serve as a slight reminder than winter is just around the corner…sort of.
Ice at Buttermilk Falls
After just reading that this past July was the hottest month on record for the continental US (a balmy 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit average temperature), I figured I would post a photo with a cooling effect. This shot was taken at the base of Buttermilk Falls in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and there were some great accumulations of ice that made for some neat photos.
Frosty Fallen Leaf
The tiny frost crystals all over this fallen leaf created a cool texture that was enhanced by the early morning orangish sunlight coming from the horizon. It looked neat enough to make me stop, get on my knees and elbows in the frosty, wet grass, and take some close-up shots of the leaf.
Ice Breakup on the Pelly River
Crossing this bridge over the Pelly River is a colorful way to arrive in the town of Faro after a long drive from wherever you might be coming…it’s a long way from anywhere along some rough-at-times roads. On this particular day, we stopped near the bridge to trek down to the waters edge for a better view of the ice breaking up in the river. We had been at this location a little more than a week prior, and there was definitely more snow and only a few small areas of thinning ice, so it was pretty interesting to revisit this location and see how quickly the melting was occurring.
Late Afternoon on the Frozen Wheaton
From our location deep in the Wheaton River Valley, the sun disappeared from our view by late afternoon. But luckily, it stayed bright for a while after that, due in no small part to the snow-covered mountains that were still lit up for a while as the sun continued to fall. This particular day ended with some fluffy clouds, a beautiful blue sky, and a small patch of the frozen Wheaton River that appeared to be opening up ever so slightly as daytime temperatures slowly increased. This vantage point was one of my favorite places to view the dynamic and expansive landscape of the Yukon wilderness.