02.20.21 Snow-capped in the Middle Branch of the Swift River

More snow from our brief (24 hour) storm yesterday but photographed this morning. The rocks in the river always seem to be good surfaces for falling snow to adhere to and often with a nice skirt of icicles. These are not quite as pronounced as others today but I liked this particular rock and the view down river.

It’s interesting that the snow and icicles form columns rather than a consistent surround. I am pretty sure the rock is not shaped like that.

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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16 Responses to 02.20.21 Snow-capped in the Middle Branch of the Swift River

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    These snow-rocks look great in monochrome, Steve.

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  2. I saw similar mounds in Austin this week.

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  3. krikitarts says:

    I hope you get some relief from this incredible cold snap, but it’s so good that you have been able to take such advantage of this rare opportunity. I hope you will bring us another identical shot of this rock in “better” weather for comparison. BTW, I find your exposure values perfect. I hope you were wearing waders for this one.

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    • I think you confused the two Steves here. The other Steve had a much colder experience than we have had for most of the winter here in WMass. As for the rock, I’ll do my best to offer a more summery view later on. No, I was not wearing waders or hip boots or even muck boots. And I paid the price as one boot, my right, was a half inch two short for the last step I took out into the water. It was pretty cold but worth it. Those insulated boots stayed damp for a few days but have finally dried out by the wood stove.

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      • krikitarts says:

        Gosh, I confused you two Steves–yet again. Well, there goes another New Year’s resolution. I promise to try to make that the last time that happens. And it’s been quite a while since I got what we used to call a “soaker” to get a desired perspective, but I remember the challenge well and, as you said, it’s [usually] worth it.

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      • I could be confused with worse. 🙂 I just called someone by the wrong name in another post so you are not alone.

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    The rock looks as if it has been draped with a tablecloth – all those columns are like folds in fabric. It makes a great foreground for the river.

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    • Thanks, Ann. I generally don’t like to have such a large frame filling foreground subject but there were lots of distractions to either side so my composition would have suffered otherwise. I think those folds are caused by icicles that were then snowed upon.

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  5. Th snow adds an interesting dimension to the snow covered rock! Great image!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I like the expansive view. I suppose it’s partly because your landscape is so unfamiliar. It’s nice to get the broader view from time to time. It’s an inviting view, too. I’ve relearned the truth that I really don’t want to live in the cold, but I’d be more than happy to visit here.

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    • In all honesty, I do not like living in the cold either. But I don’t see myself ever relocating to a warmer climate, although ours may be warming, and have learned to make the best of it. Like you, I’d much rather be able to visit winter. I’ll plan on duplicating this view when there is green in the picture.

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  7. I love that you took full advantage of that ice cap! A fun and worthy foreground subject!

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    • I tried a few with more water in the foreground as I often am not comfortable with an in your face composition but when reviewing decided I liked this one the better. Glad that you like it too, Denise.


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