Stunning image. Frozen waterfalls are just as attractive as running water.
I must say, you did very well to capture all the details on the surrounding rock face. Looks like it might have been a hard scene to shoot.
Thanks Vicki. I’ve always found ice difficult to shoot. It’s hard to get the right exposure that doesn’t blow out the light spots. This one was tricky because I was standing on icy rocks in the middle of the stream from the falls. The waterfall though is mesmerizing and there is an ice-covered wall just to the left of the photo too.
The Flathead Reservation is an interesting place. It covers 1,938 square miles and quite a bit of it is forest including a major wilderness area. Each year I buy a reservation conservation license which allow me to explore most parts of the reservation. It is close to my home and so I am able to take advantage of the license.
The Reservation is a very diverse place. Some of their forests are managed to the extent that they do log in some areas. Some is prairie and half of one of Montana’s largest lakes in there and the tribes participate in the management of it. The most exciting thing to me is that they were the first of all Indian tribes to form an area on their reservation with wilderness designation and rules and the tribes manage that. It of of 94,000 acres of some of the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever seen, many in the 11.000 foot range. It also contains nearly all of the wildlife that naturally occurred here. They do an excellent job of maintaining and protecting it. I’ve seen it many times but never actually hiked up into it. I hope to do that next summer.
The conservation license costs only $20 and so I buy one every year. A small price for access and it does help the tribes too.
Fascinating stuff, sounds like a fantastic and wonderful place and it’s brilliant that the tribes are managing parts of it – if you ever hear of them needing a conservation management plan let me know so I can tender for the work, that would be a dream come true! 🙂
The water volume here now is quite low. We have not had much volume of rain lately and not enough snow in that locality to produce much stream flow. Some winters there is enough water flow to create a huge mass of ice which doesn’t have the visual appeal that this volume has.
Hi Montucky, While it is much cooler here in my area of FL now in the low 60’s, I still love that frosty view of the frozen waterfall! By the way, we did have a bit of frost yesterday morning at dawn. Surprised me but no plants damaged. Have a pleasant weekend!
It has been very cold here. The smaller lakes are frozen over and my son tells me that the ground is frozen down a foot and a half already. The frozen ground made hiking today sound loud and crunchy! Have a great weekend!
I have never seen a frozen waterfall before.
I would have thought that the movement of falling would have kept the water from freezing.
Guess I was wrong about that.
It is a very beautiful coldness that you have captured!
Which is quite different from catching a cold. 🙂
I suspect that it forms in much the same way as an icicle does, but it forms a shell or casing behind which the main stream of water still falls. Through some of the clear ice you can see the water falling behind it, and the sound of gurgling water can be heard clearly. By the end of winter, there will be a huge pile of ice at the bottom of the falls and water will be still flowing beneath it.
Outside of once in awhile when the wind howls, winter here is a quiet season, snow muffling much of the noise. Quite enjoyable! We are getting some sub-zero weather later this week though and I don’t especially care for that.
Later, toward the end of winter, there will be huge piles of ice there and it is a very cold place then. If th snow gets deep though I will want to visit it then. It’s so pleasant to visit there on snowshoes.
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