A Winter’s Nature Walk

Peachy — By on December 17, 2009 at 6:55 am

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!

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Deschutes River Canyon near Bend thawing from a deep freeze (c) Stephanie Hicks

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:

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So cold, my fingers were numb shooting the glacial images along the Deschutes River (c) Stephanie Hicks

I love this winter photograph.  This one looks like a frozen crocodile with icicle teeth:

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A frozen crocodile above the Deschutes River (c) Stephanie Hicks

What do you see in the photo below?  To me, it kind of looks like a sheep.  A very cold sheep.

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Baa, Baa, Brrrrrr!! (c) Stephanie Hicks

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!!!!

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Glimpse of a winter Deschutes River through the Ponderosa Pines (c) Stephanie Hicks

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.

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Remnants of the sheet of ice that covered the Deschutes River in December (c) Stephanie Hicks

Nothing like a winter photo gallery to make you feel all warm and cozy inside.

Pass the hot chocolate, please!

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4 Comments

  1. Adam Shake says:

    Beautiful photo’s Stephanie, thank you for sharing!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much Adam! Happy Holidays!

  3. Breathtaking “winter wonderland”…captured via you cameria lens Stephanie.
    Thanks for sharing beautiful Oregon with us.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Thank you Sandy! It was definitely a winter wonderland! Best to you!

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