Over the past few weeks, the Bend, Oregon region was plunged into a deep winter freeze with temperatures ranging from -15 below zero Fahrenheit to about 10 degrees above! Too chilly to do much but drink coffee indoors!
When the air warmed slightly to a bearable 30 degrees, I had to get outside for some much needed physical activity. Running along the Deschutes River trail is simply heavenly. The roar of the water, hawks and falcons soaring above, and not much sound except for the crunch, crunch, crunch of my shoes on the snow. Then I came upon these beautiful sights! I had to go back and grab my camera!
Check out how the snow and ice on top of the boulders has melted just enough to start dripping into the river, yet the air is so cold, the runoff freezes before it can join the water below:
I love this winter photograph. This one looks like a frozen crocodile with icicle teeth:
What do you see in the photo below? To me, it kind of looks like a sheep. A very cold sheep.
When I took this photograph, the sun was starting to creep into the river canyon. It only looks warmer than when I was capturing the images above. Brrrr!!!!
You can see the shelves of ice that started to melt, and then re-froze. A week ago, the river was not even running at the surface. A sheet of ice ranging from 4-6 inches deep stopped the Deschutes River in its tracks. For several days, the river canyon was silent.
Nothing like a winter photo gallery to make you feel all warm and cozy inside.
Pass the hot chocolate, please!