Winter Rush

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    Maybe it was some weird effect due to the fact that yesterday was the Winter Solstice, maybe it was the freshly fallen 4+ inches of snow melting, maybe someone just flipped a switch, but when I first arrived at this waterfall it didn't look at all like the shot above.

    There was about a 1 foot wide stream of cascades on the left side and the rest of it was bone dry. I was told about this falls from someone else, and when I got there, seeing only a small little 1 foot wide cascade I was like, "this is it?" I was actually up on some of those shelves of the falls that are covered in water in the shot above. They were bone dry. I decided to make the best of it by taking small detail shots of the different shelves of the cascade and the ice. None of them were spectacular by any means.

    I became bored of it and jumped back over to the ice shelf that I was standing on when I took this picture. No sooner did I do that then it was like someone opened the flood gates. It went from a 1 foot wide babbling creek to a 12 foot wide gushing stream, in less than 10 seconds! Had I still been over there, I wouldn't have had time to react and would probably have had my feet swept out from under me. In the end it made for some really nice shots though...

    Merry Christmas to all my Flickr friends! This will probably be my last post until afterward... Best wishes to you and yours in this Holiday Season!

    Canon EOS 7D | 18mm (Canon EF-s 15-85mm) | 30 sec | f/10.0 | ISO-100

    jeffery.ryan, spincast1123, bhophotos, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Philip Kuntz 52 months ago | reply

      Great find, and beautiful images. Excellent handling of the light and whites. Please be careful out there. That was a close one. Wonderful winterscape, icy and delightful.
      May you, Robin and Tari have a very Merry Christmas and a 2011 full of fun, joy, laughter and much happiness. And many fabulous photo opps. Warm regards good friend.

    2. m i c h e l e j e n s e n [photography] 52 months ago | reply

      Wow, what an absolutely awesome scene!! The water is incredible. Bravo and congrats on this amazing work Matt! :-)

    3. _Zinni_ 52 months ago | reply

      A wonderful winter scene and a fantastic shot my friend!

      Happy Holidays!!!

    4. countryman.andrew 52 months ago | reply

      Wonderful series. Merry Christmas, Have a great 2011.

    5. ballycroy 52 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shots! Merry Christmas!

    6. travlinman43 52 months ago | reply

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    7. amillionwalks 52 months ago | reply

      I can feel the cool spray from here!! Awesome capture Matt!!

    8. Zé Eduardo... 52 months ago | reply

      Beautiful !!!!!!

    9. Waterfall Guy 52 months ago | reply

      Glad I read the whole story. Glad you weren't swept away. :-) And you got the shot.

    10. Nick Boren Photography 52 months ago | reply

      Well I am certainly glad your timing was such that you did not get swept away Matt.. :-) Nice slow exposure images every one.. and tricky at that with all the white stuff around.. :-) You did good...

    11. Deby Dixon 52 months ago | reply

      What a story, so glad that you hopped over just in time and were able to get such a beautiful winter shot.

    12. Abhinav Singhai 52 months ago | reply

      sound nice winter there :)

    13. PView 52 months ago | reply

      Persistence pays off! Great sequence of shots, Matthew.

    14. Slick 12 52 months ago | reply

      wowsers that was close! Ice dam upstream I guess.

      Beautiful shots, and glad you managed to get the shots and go home safe and with warm feet!!

    15. Päivi ♪♫ 52 months ago | reply

      Wow, you were lucky not to fall in!
      Wonderful stream & winter image :)
      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
      Hope you have a peaceful holiday season.

    16. joeke pieters 52 months ago | reply

      Ohhh.... that must have been a weird experience....!
      Beautiful shots!
      Merry Christmas to you too, have a wonderful Holiday Season!

    17. Moonlight Walker 52 months ago | reply


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    18. nickp_63 52 months ago | reply

      Winter scene, well done!

    19. sjb4photos 52 months ago | reply

      Nice winter time exposure.

    20. ellenbusse 51 months ago | reply

      What good timing! Nice shot!

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