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Winter Waterfall

In the wide variety of things I photograph, waterfalls rank pretty high on my favorites list. I also love winter and shooting black and white winter landscapes so it doesn’t get much better than a wintry waterfall scene. We headed up to one of my favorite (and sadly one of few) waterfalls in the area, Jump Creek Falls. This place is usually too busy for my tastes as it is a popular swimming hole where folks jump off the cliff all the time, thus the name. To many people, to much trash (by out west standards, saw one beer can) to many native paintings on the rocks, recent natives…. i.e. graffiti. But add six inches of snow and it’s a great place to go.

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Hawk on a cold winter day

A Hawk flies over a field at the base of the Lemhi Mountains, an overcast mid winter day.

A Hawk hunts over a field on an overcast cold winter day.

This winter while I was visiting the Parents, Dad and I took a ride up the road a bit to photograph a few birds. That area has one of the highest concentrations of birds of prey I’ve ever seen. Much more than the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA in Southwest Idaho. I knew we’d get a few hawk photos and maybe a few bald eagles and a Golden or two.

The Idaho Mountains have four types of winter days. 1) Crystal clear and warm (i.e. almost UP to freezing temperature). 2) Overcast and warm, which means it is, has, or is about to snow. 3) Overcast and freakishly cold, which means it’ll be spitting snow all day. 4) My favorite, Crystal Clear and Freakishly Cold, the best days to be out playing in the snow. I’ll mention too, that its clear a lot more that is it overcast.

This day was Overcast and Freakishly cold. Most of the day was sub zero. Because of the light and lack of contrast, it was a tough day to shoot. But a few shots did work, one of the two best ones has been on my flickr account for a while: Rough-Legged Hawk. This photo however has been sitting in my todo folder since.

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