Below Zero


Brrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! This was at 8:15 a.m. this morning, and the inside temperature was not all that comfortable either at 62, but the stove had just been lit, so soon, it was roasty-toasty. I love that wood stove!

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall

Saturday, ahead of the much-hyped winter storm Harper, I went out to the waterfall and stream to take photos of the ice before snow covered it all up. Consistent temperatures below freezing for over a week had created some beautiful ice.

Layered cascade

Layered cascade

Depending on the speed of the water and cascade, different ice formations develop. My favorite are the slow seeps that deposit layers upon layers in tabletop forms. Fast-moving cascades will freeze in frothy formations, and steady drips form long icicles. (Click to enlarge.)

Pockets in the ice where the stream shows through are interesting.

Stream ice

Stream window

We received about 8-10″ of sleety snow overnight Saturday, followed by blustery winds as the storm moved out and the temperature dropped Sunday night. Drifting snow packed into crevices and filled low spots, leaving surfaces that squeak when walked upon.

The fresh blanket of snow is pretty and lightens the landscape considerably, especially with last night’s full moon. Did everyone see the eclipse? I actually stayed up until midnight ET to enjoy it, but went to bed before it emerged from the earth’s shadow again.

Despite the cold, we’ve already been out snowshoeing. We mustn’t let a little cold weather stop us from getting our exercise!

About Eliza Waters

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141 Responses to Brrrr!

  1. Adele Brand says:

    Yep, that’s cold! It rarely gets below 14F here in southern England. I have encountered -31F in Canada. Even breathing becomes a new experience!

    Lovely wintry photos.

  2. Sartenada says:

    Quite similar with Helsinki temperature during many days. Just now we have warmer.

  3. ladyfi says:

    Ah – lovely scenes and the perfect temperature – not too cold!

  4. Maria says:

    The images are fascinating.

  5. Paulie says:

    Very cool pictures – in both senses of the word.

  6. JOY journal says:

    Having a snowy day here today, but getting warmer. We’re at 16 degrees F at the moment. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Winter is definitely for hunkering down. But this latest big chill is definitely wearing me down. My walks have been shorter than I’m used to. I like being outside!
      Have a good weekend, Nora!

  7. Pretty cold hey. The waterfall looks amazing. Don’t worry spring will soon be here. Keep warm, glad you have stove lit, nothing nicer.

  8. Marsi says:

    That is so beautiful! We don’t experience many fully iced over waterfalls, creeks, or lakes in Tennessee, but I do recall a beautiful walk around a state park lake 15 years ago, when the ice was thawing and cracking after sub-zero temperatures. It sounded like whale songs.

  9. Wow! That is cold! Great images!

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