Snowy Ithaca Falls

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.

Ithaca Falls - Slow Shutter

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.

Ithaca Falls - People

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.

Ithaca Falls - Hole in Ice

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:

Ithaca Falls - Cool Ice

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:

Ithaca Falls - Upwards


2 comments on “Snowy Ithaca Falls

  1. Mom says:

    Wow, your photos are beautiful! Makes winter look so cool – pun intended 🙂

  2. Molly says:

    This is awesome. Also, sorry I never replied to that email a while ago.

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