To celebrate the summer solstice, I thought I’d share some interesting sights I saw at Ithaca Falls after a snowstorm.
Parts of the waterfall froze but the rest kept moving. I thought it would be cool to take a long-exposure shot to contrast the slow and fast H2O.
Of course, I wasn’t the only one taking pictures—the falls draw a nearly constant stream of visitors on cold days. The cute girl in the pink hat is my girlfriend Heidi; the two guys are random strangers. This is my favorite picture from this shoot; the wall of water and ice looks almost too fantastic to be real.
Most of Fall Creek was covered with ice, but the rushing water at the base kept a small area clear. Heidi thought it looked deceptively like a hot spring.
The constant wind blowing from the waterfall creates some unusual ice structures. For example, these crystals were growing horizontally on the gorge walls near the falls:
When I looked up to the top of the gorge, the dusting of snow on the jagged walls made them seem to be drawn in white: