01.20.2014 Chapel Brook Falls Icy Flow

Anyone in the mood for a cold shower?

Chapel Brook Falls is made up of two upper sections as well as a few lesser falls below the main two.  See here for some warmer times at this location.  My position for this image was between the two upper sections and, as you can see from the link, the second upper falls is like a water slide.  So, as I was kneeling behind my tripod setting up for this shot, I thought about how, if I fell through the ice even though it was thick, the strong flow would suck me  under the ice and I would spend the rest of the winter encased on that slide.   My paranoia stems from a fall through ice when I was 10.  Amazingly, I bobbed back up into the same hole I fell through….at least I think I did.  Maybe this is all a dream as I am drowning.   Time for that cold shower, methinks.

Enough with the waltz down memory lane…here’s the image for today.Chapel-Falls-Icy-Flow-900WebIf this is all a dream, then that would be odd, wouldn’t it?  I mean….usually it is your past life that flashes before your eyes.  What an odd post. 🙂


Hmmmm….I had to delete a couple of smilies as they didn’t work.  They were supposed to be WP smilies and I had used them before.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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31 Responses to 01.20.2014 Chapel Brook Falls Icy Flow

  1. Lyle Krahn says:

    Ending up under the ice adds a whole level of cold. Do you ever have happy thots when you’re on the ice? Love the icicles.


    • Most of the time, Lyle. 🙂 I’m usually too busy enjoying the view and capturing the image to pay attention to what might happen. But most often I’ve weighed that ahead of the shoot. This was a rare moment of carelessness. 🙂


  2. Just Rod says:

    Are you saying that you were kneeling ON THE ICE? Yikes, that doesn’t sound like a good idea. But you captured another wonderful image.
    I think you could name this one Fantasy On Ice.
    Stay safe, please.


    • Thanks, Rod.
      Kneeling…standing…being on the ice was the place to be and, really, it was pretty thick and quite safe. But because of my childhood experience I let my imagination get the better of me..


  3. Heavens, no! Great pic, Steve. I’ve never witnessed this in winter.


  4. Exquiste beauty of the ice and falls. But———– I have just read about some reckless behavior here. Paa-leese take a buddy with you when on ice. I hope that I misread that. But it you must, this is what you do. Strap a harness onto your body, use a strong rope and attach that to the harness and then all of that to a human. If no human then a sturdy tree. If you fall in then you can pull yourself by reeling yourself to safety by using your hands.

    Getting a picture that is stunning is not worth losing your life.

    OK now you may go Mr Gingold. I have finished with my lecture. 😉

    PS: I think this is a shot that will sell as a print. It is superb.


    • Thanks for your concern, Yvonne. Really, I do appreciate it. I was not alone although my friend was on the other side of the road. Had he come over there would have been my bag, tripod and a hole. He’d have figured it out, I think. Your suggestion is good and it is employed often by smart photographers and fishermen. Maybe I will add some rope to my kit although this was a while back and I have grown much less devil may care about my activities. Also, I don’t carry my 40 lb. pack on my back any more when on the ice. See, I am getting smarter. 🙂
      It shall be printed and become part of my portfolio, Yvonne.


      • Very good. I thik this photo will be your all tme best.At least as far at those go that I’ve seen thus far. I have not looked through all of your posts. I just have not had the time. Maybe at some point you can repost some of your finest shots.


      • Geez, Yvonne. That’s like asking me to show a picture of my best looking kid….if I had any, that is. 😆 If I have a chance, maybe I will do a belated favorites post like a lot of folks do around the first of the year.


      • Well just pretend the pics are some of your favorute candy bars, autos, or jokes, or…

        I’m going to do a few repost of some of my favorute pics. Of course I can not compare or compete with you but if I were younger and not tied to my animals I might give you a fair run but you’d have to give me the edge.

        Just joking with you Steve but then you can never really tell when I’m joking or not. A blogger that I follow., Kathy of Lake Superiour Spirit can never telll when I am joking with her. It gets downright pitiful sometimes. I do have fun with my comments and bloggers replies.

        PS: the smilie is hilarious.How do you get one of those?


      • 😀 = :+D 😳 is :+oops+: 🙄 is :+roll+: and 😯 is :+shock+:


      • Thank you. I see that I have several spelling errors in my comments. Reckon that’s my punishment trying to be a wise s–! I’ll need to practice these someplace. They will not work here unless I click reply. Two misspelled words were “favorite” Yes. I’ll leave off the + but I ‘m sorry I thought that was part of it. 🙂 I’m not very “hip” and a real computer dummy. “grins”


      • Sorry….do not use the plus signs….I should have had spaces instead and then said no spaces. I think you know what I mean 🙂


  5. penpusherpen says:

    A spectacular and icily elegant image Steve, … and I can empathise with the ‘was it a dream or not’ thought, sometimes ’tis best to
    to go with the flow, (although in this instance ignore flow!!) 🙂
    Hope the cold shower helped. xPenx


    • Thanks, Pen. Yeah, I often wonder whether this is all just a movie inside our head. But then I realize that I am just not smart enough to imagine most of what is going on around us. I mean…I have friends who are scientific geniuses and I have no idea what they are talking about even when they speak slowly and use short words. 😀

      I don’t think cold showers are good for much really…not even what they are reputedly good at. I took one two years ago during a power outage and I think next time I will just go ahead and stink.


  6. Andrew says:

    Oh come on! Let the man risk his life kneeling on the ice. Look at the result. Well worth risking a claim on the life insurance. NOT. Terrific photo Steve but Yvonne is right. Buddy up or harness up. You know it makes sense.


  7. Lottie Nevin says:

    Steve, I think this may be my favourite photograph of yours so far – it’s exquisite, the detail, the tones, everything about it. PLEASE be careful and take care! 😀


    • Thanks so much, Lottie. It is funny how I have been discovering images on my hard drive that are getting good reviews at a later date. This is one as was “The Touch” and others.
      I am more careful as I am finally approaching that thing called maturity. It’s taken a while and is only partially in control. 😀


  8. That’s an excellent combination of contrasts: the jagged yet immobile icicles versus the smoothly moving water.


    • Thank you, Steve. That is one of the elements about shooting these frozen cascades that attracts me. Sometimes I let the water become even more silky, but often I like it to have a little textural flow along with the solid ice.


  9. Phil Lanoue says:

    That is really freakin’ cool Steve!


  10. This is amazing Steve !!


  11. serialphotographer says:

    Just love this


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