Silent Sunday – Bitterly Cold

Two bitterly cold days transformed our waterfall and stream from open water to ice.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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114 Responses to Silent Sunday – Bitterly Cold

  1. sandyjwhite says:

    Brr….but so gorgeous.

  2. John says:

    Wow, I love the shapes of the frost! Is it hoar frost? ❤️

  3. Anne says:

    How very beautiful to see.

  4. Bitter cold here, too! You got some great pictures of the deep freeze. How brave you were to venture outside to take them.

  5. Sending you a warm hug, Eliza.

    Hope it will last a short while.

  6. Vicki says:

    Hopefully, Spring is on the way, Eliza.
    Stay warm and safe. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Vicki. It is much better today (30sF), I’ll send some of the cool air to you down under!

      • Vicki says:

        Thanks Eliza.
        It’s running hot and cold down in Melbourne this summer. Lovely and cool in the mornings though. I wish the weather would make up its mind which season it is though. I nearly put the heater on one evening last week and its going to be 37C next Thursday. Tourists should always bring clothes for 4 seasons when they visit us (and an inflatable canoe for the floods 😀 ).

  7. Karen Lang says:

    Beautiful designs! And very hot here Eliza! Sending my warmth ❄️🌈

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Karen. The extremes of world weather is something to ponder. Our low was -16F but in summer we can reach over 100F…such extremes! Thanks for sending your warmth… it worked 🙂 it is in the 30sF today!

  8. Maria says:

    The cold does look very beautiful! I hope you are able to stay warm.

  9. I have hiked to Bell Canyon Falls three times this winter: frozen solid.

  10. Lavinia Ross says:

    The ice patterns are beautiful, Eliza. I am not sure where you are located, but stay warm! Weather has been quite variable here in western Oregon this year, but we have not been as cold as friends and family back east are experiencing.

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  12. carylbeach says:

    Stunning! We had several days of frost that didn’t melt- everything looked so beautiful.

  13. maryjane678 says:

    Hi Eliza. Wow that looks amazing but cold. I’ve had enough of the cold stuff now! Need some warm sun.

  14. A news report I heard called it once-in-a-generation cold.

  15. Naturally beautiful. Even in a winter coat, nature amazes us!

  16. Wicked cold two days that is for sure. I hope I never see -48° again. Bring on spring. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Was your temp or windchill -48º? My sister in VT had a -22F low, so glad it only lasted two days!

      • Yes, it was awful. I was at Lowes this morning buying new thresholds and window weatherstripping. We have double paned windows, metal doors with storms, and the wind came in through every tiny crevice. Pipes apparently thawed today, and we have one leak, and our daughter’s kitchen flooded. Not a fun weekend so I hope I never see -48° ever again. 🙂

  17. shoreacres says:

    Wonderful photos. I’m not sure exactly where you are, so I checked the Amherst weather, and saw they’re sitting at 22F. That certainly is cold enough to create beauty like this. It’s impressive up on Mt. Washington, but not as beautiful!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Linda. We are a bit higher up from Amherst, so a bit colder. The low Sat. a.m. was -16F… the coldest since I’ve lived here (32 years). That is an expected low for us here in zone 5, but what was remarkable was the high wind that brought dangerous windchills. Yes, Mt.W. broke their record!

  18. derrycats says:

    How did you even get out to take the photos?? Hope it warms up soon.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I went out both days for about 15 minutes, doing a short loop around the yard and a bit of the wooded trail. Thank goodness for warm clothing and that it only lasted 2 days! In the 30s today, much better!

  19. neihtn2012 says:

    That looks really cold. I did not go out of the house for two days. It gets warmer today, so maybe …

  20. Alice says:

    Epic cold & beautiful icy photos for proof. To me, the very toughest ones are all the birds…sheltering but little warmth…so happy to feed them.

  21. Treah Pichette says:

    Ironically, the 2 pics with “frost stars” look like spring blossoms….very Japanese-y. Lovely as always!

  22. Tina says:

    Oh, that does look bitterly cold. I hope you’re safe and warm and not out too much taking photos. Not that our cold snap compares at all with what’s happening in New England, but we just got our power back about 2 hours ago, at the beginning of our 5th day without electricity. We were cold, but not all that cold (low 30s until yesterday). Be safe, Eliza!!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Tina. I’m grateful it lasted only two days and we retained power. Glad yours came back… 5 days is a LONG time. Hope you had a generator?
      We kept the wood stove going, so it wasn’t too bad. In the 30s today… heatwave, hehe!

      • Tina says:

        We don’t have a generator, though I heard several rumbling away in the neighborhood. We have solar panels–which are great, especially in summer–but they’re tied to Austin Energy, so we can’t go ‘off grid’. We’re now looking into several types of batteries for this kind of outage (as it seems to be happening with greater frequency) that will tie into what the solars produce. That’ll take some research and a dollar or two. ( 🙂 ) I guess for what you’ve had 30sF is almost tropical!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, positively balmy in the 30s! 😀

  23. Lovely shots, Eliza! I especially love the fourth photo, a sky filled with stars! Stay warm and safe!!

  24. Chilling! I love the little crystals that look like stars sitting on top of the ice.

  25. I was looking forward to a frozen Silent Sunday from you! Beautiful shot. Stay warm and keep the soup going.

  26. Jim R says:

    The ice stars are really pretty.

  27. Kina says:

    How cold did it get?

  28. Very Nice Eliza! Your image does say “COLD”!

  29. The ice “stars” are so pretty. I remember hiking out to see frozen waterfalls.

  30. Val Boyko says:

    How magical ❄️❄️❄️

  31. Strange to see a frozen waterfall, but beautiful!

  32. Pepper says:

    Made for some gorgeous photos. I will send some sunshine your way. 😊

  33. bittster says:

    I can feel that!! Next week should bring a change 🙂

  34. Dale says:

    It is so pretty, though. Today is finally warming up up here after two days of crazy cold. We will actually (supposedly) get UP to 30 😏

  35. I hope you are staying warm and safe.

  36. Jane Lurie says:

    Astounding temps in the NE! Thank you for braving the frigid cold to capture these wonderful images, Eliza. ❄️💙

  37. We’re in a deep freeze too right now. Makes for nice photos though!

  38. Love the photos and hope warmer weather is on its way to you!🙂

  39. What lovely photos! Delicate beauty abounds…

  40. Cathy says:

    That is so pretty, and bravo for braving the cold to see it! Hope it warms up a bit for you soon.

  41. Debbie says:

    Brr! Snow is one thing, but ice? That can be scary, especially if you have to drive somewhere. Be safe out there, Eliza!

  42. Kris P says:

    Lovely photos but I’m amazed you ventured out to take them based on the weather reports I’ve heard!

  43. You’re right it was nuts and as I drove the mail from Manchester to Dover not only was the windchill crazy cold the temp was -11 as I began at 1:30 am and the winds pushed both my tiny car and that big box truck around. My body temp was still only 96 after warming for over an hour.

  44. So glad to hear you kept safe and warm Eliza and your photographs are amazing 💙 xxx

  45. arlingwoman says:

    You’re hardier stuff than I am. I’d have been snugged up by the fire. But I’m glad to see your frozen waterfall. And glad it’s warming up there.

  46. jillslawit says:

    Beautifully frozen ❄

  47. While I bemoan our warm winter I am not sorry to see those sub-zero temperature gone. Your waterfall and brook must have been covered with all sorts of icy interest. I was disappointed when I went to Harvard Pond for ice abstracts in its outflow only to find that the preceding warmth had limited what the deep freeze was able to accomplish there. Other places were frozen over and South Spectacle Pond was able to support ice fishing.

  48. Oh yes … this does convey an icy cold feeling. We have been having a colder than usual winter and lot’s of longtime residents are saying it’s been the coldest they remember. Nice spot and shot!

  49. Dalo 2013 says:

    I need to take a hot shower after looking at these photos (or at least close the window with the cold breeze!). The second photo of this series had such an interesting, pleasing pattern. One of those perfect winter-type shots – while your first shot looks miserably cold 🙂

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