Well, are we tiring of ice photos, ready to turn a cold shoulder?

I continue to be distracted by bright shiny objects, including ice.  I saw this little waterfall on a very icy day, and managed to take this picture by the skin of my teeth.  Or, to be more scientifically accurate, after sliding down a shale bank to the creek, there was some missing skin from another part of my anatomy.

I’ve been looking through the files, and there must be a couple thousand winter photos on my computer.  If life gives you lemons… well it’s too cold for lemonade, but we could stir up a little antifreeze – – if you’re going to the store for lemons, please pick up some more bourbon and a little Cointreau – – we’ll slap a few Fats Waller records on the Victrola and drink Sidecars until spring gets here.




I’m adding this third picture to the post, because I noticed something – – do you see the foreign object? Even if I’d spotted it at the time, there was no way to get across and nab it. I do not like litterbugs.


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Walks Around The Finger Lakes. February. A Small Falls on Glen Creek.


44 thoughts on “Walks Around The Finger Lakes. February. A Small Falls on Glen Creek.

  1. melissabluefineart says:

    I particularly like the last one. I like how you captured three textures in one elegant shot. Hope you aren’t too banged up from your impromptu slide. A couple of days ago we had a light dusting of snow over sheets of ice. Walking home from my friends’ house I performed a perfect prat fall, laid out like a flounder. Which is what I then had to do to get back up. No ill effects though.

    • February can be kind of monochromatic in the north, you do spend more time appreciating tree bark, reddish dogwood branches, etc. anything that has a little color. Well maybe not yellow snow so much.

    • Hi Val, I’m glad you liked it, I just heard a Norwegian proverb somewhere, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” (or something like that). Good socks and boots made a big difference, but yes, at some point, it’s just too cold to enjoy. Happy to hear from you, and I hope you’re feeling a bit more yourself again.

  2. I haven’t thought of a Sidecar in some time. A couple of those, and you’d be forgetting your injuries — or getting overly confident and really doing damage on those rocks. I wonder if anyone’s ever mixed up a Photographer-on-the-rocks? When we got to Glacier Bay, the bartender at the inn specialized in Glacieritas. They were made with glacier ice, but only one batch per group, because glacier ice is so hard it tears up the blades on an ice crusher or a blender.

    That styrofoam container is irritating, but I’m glad you posted that photo, too. See those white dangly thing on the right, at the bottom? They look more like snow than ice. Will snow hang like that, too. I know it will sag off roofs and such, forming curtain-like structures, but I’ve never seen anything like that.

  3. pinklightsabre says:

    Totally remarkable (see, I remarked) and grateful for your lost skin, Robert. Looks like a scene from a Tolkien film, a dripping cave.

  4. Ice falls are always impressive, as long as you’re not the one doing the falling.

    On the other hand, I guess that could be impressive (to watch). In any case, whenever I see something like that, I tend to shiver. I’ve long since lost my internal antifreeze.

  5. Actually lemons and cold make a nice, and my favorite, sorbetto. As you might imagine I am not tired of ice images, yours or mine, so keep them coming. All three are nice, but as I’ve not been to very many actual waterfalls this winter, number one is the one I enjoyed the most.
    Bummer about the bum bruise. Always something I worry about. Do you wear spikes? Not they they protect against all lost footing but they are a big help for an oldster like myself with failing balance.

    • Thanks, Steve, yeah, kind of impossible to stop looking at, and appreciating, the ice formations. Going down into the ravine wasn’t the brightest move, I looked first, but didn’t see some sneaky ice, from water seeping out of the shale layers. But no big deal.

  6. Nope, never tire of ice photos. Frozen cascades like in the top picture always remind me of a pipe organ in a great choir hall, I might’ve even said that before about some of your images in the past so all apologies if I’m repeating myself. Don’t hurt yourself getting down to these for goodness sake but gosh these are neat, Robert. Maybe you should get a pair of slip-on walking spikes that strap over any regular pair of shoes, like they sell in outdoor stores (probably being a little presumptuous, I bet you have even a broken pair in your broom closet). Not trying to teetotal but rarely drink these days yet still have the good sense and wherewithal to keep a bottle of bourbon in the cupboard above the refrigerator for emergencies and let’s pretend I just poured you a tiny bit for the heck of it and we sipped really quick together before you read to the end of this note. Hope this finds you doing well.

    • Hi Jason, thanks, doing well and hope you & yours are, too. I like the pipe organ image, makes me wonder what it would sound like, to have music coming around and through the ice. And thanks for the imaginary drink, cheers! In reality, a bottle of bourbon would probably last me through the next half-dozen winters, maybe the end of the decade.

  7. I’m so glad there’s somebody brave enough to take photos on slippery surfaces! Hope you are feeling better soon. The photos are amazing. I’m going to take your advice and have some bourbon and Cointreau. Cheers!

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