Latourell Falls with mist frozen to everything in sight.
Time constraints this week make a repost necessary. This video post from KATU of an icy Latourell Falls made this a natural choice. Enjoy Cathedral of Ice.
Cold air has started to descend on us and the days are getting progressively shorter. I’m going to the archives to retrieve one of my favorite winter images as this week’s Image of the Week. Cathedral of Ice was captured on a frigid winter day in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Gorge had been under a hard freeze for three days without ever climbing over 32. It was a very treacherous trip down the trail to Latourell. The sloaping asphalt path was iced over in multiple places, only my trusty Yak Trax made the walk possible. I tried to make the trek down to the bridge but the pathway just in front of the lens in this picture was simply impassable without significant risk to life, limb, and lens.
The challenges did not end there. The mist was blowing and literally freezing on contact with the front of the lens. It was very difficult to get it clean as wiping it down would just result in a thin layer of ice over the surface of the lens. It was impossible to keep your hands warm and still be able to control the camera. After the image was captured the the walk back up the pathway was even slower and even a bit scary with multiple small slips along the way.
The scene was truly spectacular. It was not only an opportunity to capture an image that continues to be one of my favorites. It was an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime.
- RAW image with Nikon D80 @ 100 ISO
- Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D Lens @ 20mm
- 1/2 of a Second @ ƒ/18
- Sunday, January 14, 2007 @ 12:03
- Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA