Monday, January 26, 2009

Cold Weather - Watery Wednesday

With all of the reports of White-winged Crossbills in northern and central Indiana I decided to check out a few pine stands around Bloomington, as its only a matter of time before they get down to southern Indiana. Unfortunately no crossbills were to be found but while hiking around I was able to find a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Winter Wren. Both of which can be difficult to find in Indiana during the winter.

On Saturday I decided to visit a new location about 50 minutes away, Cataract Falls State Recreation Area. The waterfalls on this property are very impressive and are the largest by volume of water in all of Indiana. As soon as the sun came up over a 100 vultures started soaring indicating that there is a vulture roost in the area. Most were Turkey Vultures but a few Black Vultures were in the mix as well. Many Golden-crowned Kinglets and one Sharp-shinned Hawk were also in the area. For a photographer/birder you can't ask for a better location. There is a big pine stand in the middle of the deciduous forest that surrounds the river and falls which creates great habitat for birds throughout the year.


I climbed up a big pile of rocks for this one. During the winter the sun rises over the falls creating some very interesting lighting. This falls is about 30 feet tall.


This is another part of the upper falls. I liked the contrast between the water and the ice. There is plenty of opportunity in the area to work on some abstract water shots.


This falls is the same as the falls in picture 1. On the other side of this falls you can walk on ice behind the falls and look out from behind the falls. I liked this shot because it conveys the low temperatures in Indiana (about 15° F on this morning).

25 comments:

Kelly said...

Wow...this place is absolutely gorgeous and your photos are very cool. In the last one I love seeing the combination of the ice, the water and the intense green.

We were at Clifty Falls years ago when the Turkey Vultures were coming in. That was neat. There were at least 40 or 50 circling while we were standing in the watch tower. Do you know if there is a roost there? It was 1991 or so when we visited.

Raven said...

Great photos as usual.

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are wonderful shots. I'm blown away by things like this that I've never seen. I love the combination of still ice and flowing water. Amazing and beautiful!

viennadaily said...

Oh my, that is such a beautiful capture of water freezing! I love this!

VALKYRIEN said...

Just love these photoes! Nr. 2 is my favourite, a great closup showing the strength and force of the flowing water. But still not strong enough to fight the ice!
Breathtaking!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I posted a waterfall too, from a trip back in the fall. I wish I could be there to see it with some ice. Looks very scenic.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what super photos, the colour of the water is stunning.

Gill in Canada

Leedra said...

The 3rd photo is awesome!!

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

Your photos of the falls are beautiful. Thank you for climbing over the rocks to capture the pics!

Skies said...

Wow, I'm ever glad I stopped by your blog, or I would have missed this elegant view of the falls. I've posted some falls too, but not as quite good as your post. Thanks for sharing.

Jan said...

Wow, what great photos. If the falls are 30 feet high, the river must be very wide.

Barbara said...

Your photos have a great WOW factor. Love them
Smiles B

kden said...

I agree; WOW factor. I can tell the climb was worth it. I love icy waterfalls and this one is a beauty.

Denise said...

Great photography, you have brought that waterfall to life. Thank you for sharing.

JennWasHere said...

Great photography! You captured it very well!

My Watery Wednesday entry is posted here. Hope you can pass by if you have the time. Thanks!

Carletta said...

Wonderful images you've shared with us!
Your photography is excellent.

beautiful said...

Beautiful pictures. I like the second one the most. Wow ..

Lilly said...

wow!! what amazing pictures.

Julie said...

beautiful pictures. I love waterfall.

Kerri said...

These are AMAZING! WOW!

sherry said...

Almost looks surreal...especially third photo. Beautiful!

Allison said...

Gorgeous photos! I live in Indiana but have never been here. Isn't it by Lieber?

Villas Girl said...

These photos are stunning. Makes me wish I was there.

Eric Ripma said...

Thanks for all the comments.
@Jan: I have read that the falls are about 30 feet, I think part of the reason that it doesnt look that tall is that the water is pretty high and river is wide (like you said).
@Allison: These falls are just southeast of Lieber. I think that Mill Creek (the falls are on this creek) runs into the reservoir that Lieber is on.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Seems like I was here earlier but don't see my comment. Anyway, i like your photographs. Very nice work.