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

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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141 Responses to Brrrr!

  1. Love the photos! Saw the last part of the eclipse last night–magical. In MN, we’ve had the cold but not the snow . . . no snowshoeing. Dang! I’ve got new snow pants πŸ˜‰

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Ellen. Yes, it was full gear on today, snowpants included. My cheeks were frozen!
      So unusual that you don’t have snow, hope you get just enough (not too much) to use your new gear.

  2. Alice Pratt says:

    I really like the photo with the airbubbles…(25 miles South of Boston) It’s 5Β° F and with the wc…-15Β°…totally absurd…bluestone steps, sometimes too hot in the summer to park your butt on are frozen, icy…brick patio. I just turned the heat up to 65Β°…no, not 75Β°…..the birds have been enjoying beef suet, I’ve tossed some bread out & there’s yummy birdseed, with plenty of peanuts, for energy, in 2 feeders, filled several times a day.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Alice. One more frigid night to go, then a warm up! I’ve been worried about the poor birdies, too. These cold snaps are such a challenge to them.

      • Alice Pratt says:

        I’d rather be hungry than not feed the birds….the feeders are so close to the house…I enjoy seeing them so much!…one feeder suctioned outside the kitchen sink window…what else would they eat? ….we have 2 large Alberta spruce & another spruce…so plenty of shelter.

  3. Karen Lang says:

    How beautiful Eliza!! It’s 91F (33degrees) here! Ha 😎 I will sent you some warmth and you can send me your ice! Keep warm β˜ƒβœ¨

  4. Excellent photos! I have always lived near large bodies of water, but creeks are a favorite of mine!

    0Β°here with a -20Β° wind chill. I shoveled the part of our driveway that was plowed in by the street plow while i attempted to see the eclipse through the clouds. I did manage to catch glimpses and it was really mystical.

  5. Treah says:

    Good for you getting out! We had -25 wind chills here, so there was minimal outdoor time for us! Beautiful shots…..

  6. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never seen a frozen waterfall before. How amazing1

  7. Jewels says:

    So beautiful, Eliza! Winter is cold… but it’s also so lovely. Enjoy the cozy day! ❀

  8. Oh, that waterfall! So crystalline and lovely. Cold here, too. Nothing like wood heat on a cold day. As for snowshoeing…you’re a braver woman than I am. I pedaled for thirty minutes on the road to nowhere, after which I helped Clif clean the end of the driveway. No easy thing as the snow was hard and packed. After that, it was inside for the two of us.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Laurie. At least you are exercising – do you read while pedaling? When I had a stationary bike, I was frequently bored. πŸ˜‰

      • Very boring, but great for my creaky knees. I listen to podcasts while biking, and that is a great help. Can’t say I enjoy the process, but at least I have something interesting to listen to.

  9. So cold and beautiful!! Love these photos!!

  10. Beautiful! It is just wet, wet, wet here in UK.

  11. neihtn2012 says:

    Those shots of the icy waterfall are outstanding! I will have to go to a nearby lake and waterfall to see whether there is anything as pretty.

    -6 Β°F! I thought it was cold where we are with 8 Β°F, going down to 7Β° F tonight. You certainly know how to live in cold weather, with a wood stove and snowshoes. Every winter I think about them but never get around to doing anything about it. We don’t get that much snow, and winter does not last too long here.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Hien. Ice is a favorite subject, always changing. I had to make peace with winter, given the long ones we get here. The other 3 seasons make up for it though. πŸ™‚

  12. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Beautiful photographs Eliza, the frozen waterfalls look amazing! Hope you all stay warm and cosy πŸ™‚πŸ’– xxx

  13. dawnbirdau says:

    Stunning pics, Eliza. I can appreciate how that kind of cold feels. I was envious of the NH getting to see the eclipse!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, is your area experiencing that heat wave, too? We’re at extremes, cold/hot, winter/summer. Sorry you missed the eclipse, being so cold here, it was very clear. I watched it from inside, however!

      • dawnbirdau says:

        We had 40 deg cel heat over the weekend and 10 deg cooler now. Tomorrow we are expecting a winter storm! And some folks say, there’s nothing going on with the climate! Eclipse must have been beautiful.

  14. Kathy Sturr says:

    Ouchy mama, that’s c-c-cold!!! Stay warm Eliza and cozy. I always loved our wood stove (and fleece). Amazing captures of the ice. Dare I say beautiful?

  15. sandyjwhite says:

    The frozen waterfall is so cool! Beautiful shots, Eliza.

  16. Now, that is ICE. It is beautiful to look at. I love ice photos. But, the cold is piercing.

  17. derrycats says:

    Brrrrr…We were at 6 degrees this morning, and other than visiting my one morning pet sitting client and taking Gracie for potty breaks, you’re not dragging me outside!!

  18. Vicki says:

    Love the snow and the iced-up waterfall looks magical. Cold it may be, but I can well imagine a real fire taking the edge off the temperature indoors.

    (please send some cold weather Down-Under as we’re in the midst of a heatwave, with 43C i.e about 110F, forecast for Friday. It’s the humidity I hate though).

  19. Kris P says:

    You do make the most of winter! The stream photos are lovely, although with my thin skin I can’t imagine making the trek to take them in that kind of cold. I ventured outside last night (under considerably warmer conditions) to check out the lunar eclipse but clouds partially obscured our view and the few photos I attempted were unimpressive to say the least.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. It wasn’t that cold for the photos, but today was brutal! Thankfully, tomorrow will be more tolerable for us.
      The last big lunar eclipse I took photos with my tripod, which was challenging, as I don’t do a lot of night photography. They came out alright, but there is always someone taking a better shot with a better camera, so I felt discouraged. With so many cameras pointed at it, no wonder the moon was blushing. ;D

  20. tippysmom2 says:

    I love your photos! The stream and waterfalls are beautiful all iced over. Glad you captured their beauty before it snowed. The snow is very peaceful and pretty as well. We were 10 Β°F this morning, and I thought that was cold. Good for you for getting out in the freezing temperatures to get some exercise. Keep the fire going and stay warm!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, I was meaning to get photos all week, but procrastinated until nearly the last minute (lol). The ice is always changing, growing, melting. It is endlessly fascinating to me.
      We just need to get through tonight (the windchill is downright scary) and tomorrow will be warmer. I feel for all the wild critters on a night like this.

      • tippysmom2 says:

        The wild ones are usually okay. I think they know how to protect themselves from the cold…even though I am sure they do get really cold. I feel worse for the dogs and cats that are left out in the cold without proper shelter. They have no chance of fending for themselves. 😦

      • tippysmom2 says:

        Sorry, didn’t mean to go to a dark place there. I’m glad you are going to be warmer today. We are too. Back in the upper 40’s (Β°F).

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Easier to get out in the warmer temps. Today, I was out for an hour, so much better!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Many years ago in Jan., I had a skittish dog that ran off from a friend’s house while we were visiting and was gone a week. There were two snowstorms and below zero nights, I was a wreck. Miraculously, she found her way home, skinnier, but alive and no frostbite. A harrowing experience for us both.

      • tippysmom2 says:

        Wow! That would be scary. Glad she found her way home with only minor wear and tear for the experience.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It was a miracle, for sure. She was never let off leash again!

  21. Rebecca says:

    These are beautiful, Eliza! It’s been cold here too, but not that cold! But we’re back near 50 degrees tomorrow! Crazy weather!

  22. pattymariecone says:

    Awesome pics!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  23. Brrrrr…..I’m cold just looking at your thermostat, Eliza! Glad to see it doesn’t stop you from going out and capturing your beautiful scenery. I don’t know if I could walk with snowshoes! Ha!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Donna. I have to walk every day or I go nutty. Today was a short one, however! Snowshoes, if properly sized and fitted, should match your stride and you get the hang of it pretty easily. Fresh snow is a workout, however! The lead dog gets tired, so we switch off. After a couple passes, the trails get easier. Crust is not good and is a pain to deal with. I love it when we have long stretches of powdery snow – the best conditions, IMO. πŸ™‚

      • Walks keep me from going nutty too, but the sights and clean, fresh air always feels good (as long as there is no wind). I can see me falling with snowshoes, lol. At least falling on snow isn’t so bad. Oh, but then you have to get back up with them. I think I would just stay down and make snow angels. 😊

  24. I’m no fan of winter (it’s in the -30Cs here) but it can make for some fine photography as you show here!

  25. arlingwoman says:

    I love that last picture, bottom right, with the light…Stay warm!!!

  26. As always you strike such a beautiful rhythm to your pictures and the explanations just expand the experience for your viewers. Thanks once again.

  27. Suzanne says:

    What wonderful photos. Living in Australia I had no idea such wonders could occur.

  28. Wow, thanks for capturing the waterfall pre-snow. It looks wonderful. We were down to 23F last night for the first time this winter. It might kill a few bugs! I got up at 4:40am to see the eclipse, but sadly only saw clouds, although I took a couple of shots of the super wolf moon the evening before whilst it was still clear.

  29. Sue Vincent says:

    Fabulous photos… but you can keep that cold πŸ˜‰

  30. Irene says:

    Great captures of the frozen waterfalls. Lovely! Brave of you to get out in that cold and ice.

  31. Christina says:

    Made me feel cold just looking at all that ice.

  32. Peter Herpst says:

    Your ice is gorgeous; your temperature frightening! Hope you’re keeping warm. We did see the lunar eclipse but clouds moved in before we could watch the moon re-emerge.

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  34. Absolutely beautiful photos! But, oh my… SO cold! Hope you are staying warm.

  35. Cathy says:

    Ooh, that is very cold Eliza! Lovely photos of your ice. We even had a few icy crystals forming on the edges of the brook here, and with sunshine too. πŸ™‚ Snowshoeing sounds fun. I’d love to try it one day. The moon eclipse was at 5 am here, so I didn’t see it! πŸ˜‰ But the moon was so bright the last few frosty nights. Stay warm! And I do hope you get blue skies now the snow has fallen – the extra light is so welcome. πŸ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy! Snowshoeing is a good activity for us here and when the snow gets deep, the only way to get out in the fields and woods. Best of all, endless trails right outside our door, no driving. πŸ™‚

  36. Widdershins says:

    Like Wild Daffodil, all we’re getting her on the south coast of BC is rain, rain, rain. I don’t think I’d like being in the -20’s (C) or -40’s that they’re getting in Northern Ontario, but if some of this rain decided to freeze on its way down and turn into snow, I wouldn’t mind at all. πŸ˜€

  37. It hasn’t been quite that cold here! Your snow and ice make for some wonderful scenery and yes, I was up at 4am watching the eclipse!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      One must embrace winter if one lives in it; for the most part it is a beautiful season. I resisted for years, but have learned to focus on the beauty and not the bitter cold.
      Good for you, rising at 4am to see the eclipse. Shortened sleep, but worth it!

  38. spanishwoods says:

    These images are stunning Eliza! really wonderful.

  39. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Keep warm Eliza:-)

  40. Beautiful Series Eliza! Enjoyed seeing them!

  41. Bela Johnson says:

    Yup. I well remember. You are a bit further south than we were but still. When you’re talking +10 and under, it’s just bitter cold. Enjoy the powder though! So beautiful. πŸ₯°

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yeah, not much to miss when it is that cold. Unfortunately, the powder won’t last. Rain and 40s in the forecast. Yo-yo weather!

      • Bela Johnson says:

        Yep. That is what I found most difficult, or my body found most difficult, staying in Maine as my body was aging. It does the yo-yo thing here as well, but just not as radically. And so I manage. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜˜

  42. Val Boyko says:

    Frozen rivers and waterfalls are so fascinating and beautiful. Lovely shares Eliza πŸ’›May your wood stove keep pumping out that heat!

  43. Wow! That is exciting! I sometimes wish we had these extreme winter temperatures. We generally get a day or two of snow per winter, if we are lucky!

  44. Oh … that IS cold! Lovely ice studies!

  45. Beautiful photos, especially the Frozen Waterfall!

  46. Joanna says:

    Your ice cascade is so beautiful! I could just sit and admire it for hours, if it wasn’t too cold! I was wondering how much you got from the storm. It was really something wasn’t it?! We are already out of room to put the snow and we’re only halfway through the season!
    I heard about the eclipse but it was still snowing here so we missed it.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Joanna. The ice was lovely to look at, but now it is hidden under 8″ of snow. At least, until tomorrow where we are supposed to have heavy rain and 50 degrees, which will change the scene again! Crazy weather!
      I thought about you a lot during that last storm with the huge amount of snow and then the wind – yikes! I heard the temp. was -25 and windchill -60??

      • Joanna says:

        Yikes! I don’t know where those temps were but it wasn’t here, thank goodness! We had a high of -4 on Saturday (before the storm) but with sunshine and no wind so it didn’t feel too bad. Sunday felt colder with lots of wind. It didn’t get above 0 until late afternoon. Not sure about the windchill but it might have been around -30. We are getting 40s and lots of rain today too. I agree, it is crazy! πŸ˜€

  47. Frostily beautiful and epic quiet from the snowfall. Enjoy and burrow in for a while.

  48. smilecalm says:

    title πŸ™‚

  49. Lovely but sends a chill down my spine πŸ˜‰ brrr is right

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