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A couple of weeks ago the evening temperatures dropped into the teens. This was the signal to head down to Devil’s Punchbowl to photograph the first ice of the season. Normally I don’t photograph at Devil’s Punchbowl in the summer because there is just not enough to photograph but once the ice starts to form I’m usually there at least once a week.

I was a little surprised at the amount of ice that had formed after only one really cold day. There were some significant icicles hanging from the walls in the bowl. This time of year my main interest are the ice droplets that form around the vegetation at the bottom of the bowl.

It’s always a little difficult to photograph the early ice because there is quite a bit of water dripping from the walls above. The ground around the base is usually ankle deep mud so knee boots are a must if you want to get close to the base. There was also quite a bit if ice falling from the wall as the day warmed. I usually try to get there around mid morning. That gives me a chance to photograph ice that is in the sunlight and also ice that is still in the shade.

After two cold days the weather warmed and the ice was gone. On the bright side the next cold snap will allow me to get more shots of the ice forming.

More Devil’s Punchbowl photographs can be found on my website.

One Comment

  1. Nice images

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