Last week, when the POLAR VORTEX (I've already told you, all caps...) came through, I became a somewhat smitten with the gorgeous images that were populating online of the way the freeze affected various parts of our country. When I heard a waterfall near us had frozen over, I talked Jonathan into joining me for a little hike. Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a 75-foot waterfall in Mt. Pleasant, accessed by a short hike. I was already happy with the simple frozen moss along the trail, so I was amazed when we reached the waterfall itself. Polar Vortex, I mean, POLAR VORTEX, you win.
It was strangely counterintuitive to see the frozen-over creek, while still being able to hear the water flowing underneath the frozen surface.
BEHOLD, the mighty POLAR VORTEX!
Please notice Jonathan to the left to really appreciate the grandeur of this frozen mass.
This. was. SLIPPERY.
Sure, I'll set my super nice camera on this frozen mess and walk across more frozen mess in the name of a photo of us together.
These awesome little ice balls were all over the place. We speculated as to how they might have formed, and the next day this article (with far more impressive ice balls) showed we were right!
I'm always so impressed with and thoughtful about the beauty of winter, despite the dead earth and bare trees. The air is so crisp, new life awaiting just underneath the surface, that I can't help but regard it as a season of renewal. Though I feel like most photographers tend to hate it because — naturally — it's a bit of a slow season for us, personally, I'm thankful for a season so peace-filled that even the waterfalls can find a moment of respite.