My Kind Of Weather For Waterfalls!

I had just about given up hope that my neck of the woods would ever see some decent winter temperatures, but this past week came through for me. By decent, I’m talking chilly. Not that 20s and 30s crap, but single digits and negative numbers. The kind of temps that produce the frozen waterfalls and icicles that I’ve been wanting to photograph ever since I halfway figured out how to do so.

In North Carolina, single digit temps are rare, and even extended periods of below freezing temps are uncommon. So you can imagine my delight in the below zero weather we’ve been having the past week. Two nights ago, it was minus 3 degrees Fahrenheit while I was shooting a waterfall and a couple of nights before it got down to minus 5.

Frozen waterfall

First light at frozen waterfall. Nikon D700, Nikon 16mm Fisheye lens, f/22, ISO 200, 0.3 sec.

That’s what I’m talking about!

I’d show you some of the photos I’ve been shooting in this magical weather, but you’re going to havwait to a couple weeks. I’m presenting a program for the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association Annual Meeting on February 13 entitled “Night Photography For Nature Photographers” and plan to show the images for the first time during the program.

If you’re not familiar with CNPA and you live in the Southeast, I encourage you to check them out. They have regional chapters all across the Carolinas and all of them are very active, with regular meetings and outings. The Annual Meeting is a fantastic long weekend of photography fun and learning, with over 400 people in attendance. This year’s event is being held in Raleigh. Check them out at

I shot the waterfall photo shown here a couple years ago. I hiked in to the falls and spent the night and following morning shooting it. I shot this image very early in the morning when the sun first cleared the ridge and illuminated the trees behind the falls. The fisheye lens causes the curvature effect, which I think works well in situations such as this.

We’re currently having a heat wave, with temps in the 30s and 40s, but the forecast calls for more single digits next week. You know where I’ll be!

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