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.
44 thoughts on “Walks Around The Finger Lakes. February. A Small Falls on Glen Creek.”
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.
I’ve never heard that before, sorry for laughing, but “laid out like a flounder” is great 🙂
Hoped you’d laugh. 🙂 Really, they don’t say that where you’re from?
All those tree trunks provide an “echo” of the icicles to their lower left. The brown trunks also provide some counter-color (as opposed to counter-culture).
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.
I never tire marvelling at these wonderful ice formations. Thanks for those great pictures and your humorous commentary, Robert!
Thank you, Peter! 🙂
Nice! I miss seeing the the beautiful landscape of my native New York. Great shots, Robert!
Glad your fall wasn’t too bad, Robert. Worth it to capture this amazing ice formation. I appreciate you braving the cold to photograph them! 🙂
Thank you, Jane. It was less of a fall, and more of an undignified slide, nothing too death-defying 🙂
Phew. Been there…it isn’t a pretty sight. 🙂
Wonderful winter kingdom photo, love it! Glad I don’t have to live with that kind of cold though!
Thanks, Liz, you really do grow accustomed to the winters, and they can be a lot of fun. (At least most of the time. 🙂 )
Nice photo. I hope that your ass has recovered!
Hindquarters reports status is A-OK.
I love the abstract form in the first photo, Rob.
My toes would drop off in those temperatures, they can’t even tolerate a warm English spring!
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.
Nice Ice! The styrofoam’s probably still there and may be there five centuries from now, so you have plenty of time to go get it. 🙂
Ha! You’re right, Dale, I think that stuff lasts longer than the pyramids
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.
I remember hearing about glacier ice – – one of my grandfathers was at a bar that had some, many years ago, and loved how, as it melted, it would crack loudly, and the compressed air bubbles would hiss as they were released.
Yes, we need to dream up a recipe for Photographer-on-the-rocks, Maybe something with schnapp-shots?
We could drink them while we perfect our freeze-frames.
Certainly not fed up with ice photos!
Totally remarkable (see, I remarked) and grateful for your lost skin, Robert. Looks like a scene from a Tolkien film, a dripping cave.
I just lost my car to the ice, slo-mo skid, so it’s tempered my enthusiasm a bit, but still, it’s worth something to walk into a Tolkien scene, right?
What? Are you ok? Is the car? I hope “slo-mo” implies little damage.
No worries, A-OK personally, the car though hit a pole and had to be junked. Oh well, luckily the apt is right on the bus line to work.
And thank you for leaving your mark here, even if it was a remark, it’s appreciated.
Always appreciate yours 😀
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.
Hi Dave – usually I don’t even think about it, the cold season has just always been part of my life, but this winter has been kind of memorable.
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.
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.
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!
Thanks so much. The antifreeze formula is good for bumps and bruises, too. 🍸
February is when winter fatigue starts to set in and we crave color. But still…love these ice photos.
Thank you, Julie. It’s been a heck of a winter.
That’s for sure! Another storm on the way….
So Beautiful Falls… 😃
Thank you, so glad you enjoyed the falls! 🙂