Abiqua Falls, Oregon surrounded by icicles, snow and frozen spray.
In early December 2013, the Pacific Northwest experienced a run of record low temperatures. The temperature was well below freezing for several days, which created a significant amount of ice around many of the waterfalls in the region. During the freeze, I had a chance to visit Abiqua and it did not disappoint. Abiqua Falls is beautiful during any time of the year, but when the amphitheater around the falls is covered in ice, it is truly extraordinary!
Fresh snowfall and ice in a remote section of the Columbia River Gorge in February 2014. The first rays of sunlight add a touch of warmth to this otherwise icy scene. Conditions like this are extremely rare in the gorge and only occur every 4 to 5 years.
I hope when you view this image you feel some of the cold which I felt that morning in the gorge! It was extremely cold out there!
Warm rays of light shine down above Tamanawas Falls after a winter storm.
This waterfall is one of the hidden gems around Mt Hood and is part of the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Proposal. It will be a good day when this area is finally protected!Rays of Light