Found an ice cave in my backyard

Shot with the Canon Macro 180mm and 1Ds III at 1/20 sec f3.5 ISO 400
Quality destroyed by WordPress image upload, but this was shot with the Canon Macro 180mm and 1Ds III at 1/20 sec f3.5 ISO 400

Sometimes adventures are right out the back door.  Blizzard 2015 was fairly weak for us in Vermont (only 6+ inches of snow), but it inspired me to run around the yard with camera in hand.

Admittedly, this is not a human-sized ice cave.  If one was a rabbit, one would find this ice stalagmite impressive.  With the help of some macro photography we can admire it too.

Outside of shooting ice formations under fallen trees that are growing through Allen Brook, in our backyard, the real fun of the “dusting” was being out in the thick of it.  We own 40 acres of wilderness in Williston, VT that connect to a number of watery (I should say frozen) brooks, ponds, and a decent-sized lake.  It is fun to hike the area with a different camera combination in hand each time.  During the storm I used the amazing Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS to capture a “one bush hill” in the thick of the snowfall:

Shot in Williston, VT from the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS and a 1Ds III. 1/200 sec f5.6 ISO 100
Shot in Williston, VT from the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS and a 1Ds III. 1/200 sec f5.6 ISO 100

Out in the wide open snow (keep in mind we’ve had a few snowfalls before this one) there isn’t much to shoot.  But walking the same distance in a Northerly direction landed me upon Mud Pond (a fantastic mountain biking spot):

Shot with a Canon 24-105mm f4L IS and 1DS III at 1/200 f5.6 ISO 100
Shot with a Canon 24-105mm f4L IS and 1DS III at 1/200 f5.6 ISO 100

However, the shot I’m really after this winter is a frozen waterfall.  Last Sunday, the girlfriend and I hit the road to see what we could find.  We attempted to shoot four different falls, but could only photograph one due to the inability to leave the car in a good spot.  Unfortunately, parking is at the mercy of plowing ’round these parts.  No way they’re not going to pave Middlebury though!  I believe the presence of civilization speaks for itself as to why we had success at this site.

Shot with a Canon 24-105mm f4L IS and 1Ds III at 30 secs f9 ISO 100
Shot with a Canon 24-105mm f4L IS and 1Ds III at 30 secs f9 ISO 100

So, we’ll keep trying.  I found an amazing resource to assist in this endeavor (http://www.newenglandwaterfalls.com) and hope to be posting some Vermont waterfalls of the more natural sense very soon.

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