01.16.2023 Once upon a time when winter was winter

At least when it was winter in Amherst.

Back in December when we had a few days of relatively cold weather I drove by here, Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst, to see if anything resembling this scene was happening.  Not even slightly resembling it.  Hardly any ice had formed and that’s been the case pretty much this entire winter to this point.  Just that one day with the icicles.  At least this morning we are getting a bit of snow and when I went out to get the paper there was an ich or so but it’s also breezy so it may not stick to the trees.


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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36 Responses to 01.16.2023 Once upon a time when winter was winter

  1. Still a beautiful winter scene, though!

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  2. shoreacres says:

    The variety of textures is gorgeous. Beyond that, the unexpected combination of one of my favorite pairings — blue and brown — is delightful. And it’s only mid-January. There’s still a good chance you’ll have some new opportunities to enjoy scenes like these.

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    • I was quite happy to see these conditions on this particular day. I’ve shot the waterfall in winter a few times but this was the first with steam allowing for some nice rime.
      It is still mid-January but our forecast does not seem very encouraging for anything resembling a typical New England winter, at least not around here. The Berkshires are seeing snow but even in the Hilltowns ( a bit east of the Berkshires) where Eliza lives it’s just not what we expect. I don’t usually get S.A.D. but this winter is a challenge.

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  3. I love this picture, it would make a beautiful illustration for a story tale. Wonderful

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  4. A splendid wintry scene, and a lovely composition, Steve. I hope for everybody’s sake that similar scenes will return.

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  5. What a pretty winter scene. I didn’t remember it but a search showed you’d posted a variant of the photograph in 2020:


    It’s certainly worth another view of Puffer’s Pond looking like that. May more come your way.


    • I checked the dates around when I made the image and didn’t see that I had shared it previously. Guess I would have found it with a general subject search.
      These were unusual conditions to create the coating of rime surrounding the falls. I haven’t seen a repeat even before this year.


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Yes, today’s powder was a lovely surprise to wake up to see. We might have a winter yet, we still have Feb. and March to go through. 😉

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  7. picpholio says:

    Realy beautiful and I feel the cold coming from my PC screen 😉

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  8. Peter Klopp says:

    Do not despair. Old Man Winter is still in his first month and will show his frosty face. Enjoy the mild weather while you can. I can see you much you would like to take more pictures of these fantastic snow sculptures, Steve.

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  9. Wally Jones says:

    Pretty sure I won’t be seeing anything like this here in Florida, but I don’t mind one bit admiring it from afar!

    At first glimpse, I had the impression of a glacier in the background. Despite my warm blood, I really like the detail of the ice, snow, action of the water, the limb bent possibly from the weight of snow and ice.

    Really a lovely photograph, Steve.

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    • Some things are better admired from afar.

      Thanks, Wally! It was quite a great find full of wonderful details and, as I mentioned, so far not to be seen again. With our warming winters who knows anymore what to expect. If your alligators start to migrate up this way we’ll know something is up.


  10. Beautiful Winter image Steve! The blue “tint” adds to the COLD feel!

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  11. Jane Lurie says:

    Magical, stunning and beautifully shot, Steve. Brrr!

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  12. Ann Mackay says:

    What a fantastic winter photograph – scarily cold though!

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  13. Todd Henson says:

    I can feel the chill coming off this scene. Down here I’ve been wondering if this’ll be a winter without any snow that sticks. It’s still early, though, so I shouldn’t speak too loudly.

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    • I am wondering the same for here, Todd. We got snow overnight but it was mixed with rain, actually still happening as I write, so is just a bunch of messy slush that will then freeze into tripping sites.
      It was very cold which was great for freezing the rising steam and creating rime.


  14. Oh yeah … that’s winter for sure. Wonderful, energetic image Steve!

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  15. bluebrightly says:

    It’s a breathtaking scene but I’m confused – was this from long ago, when winter was winter, or is it this year?

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