Valley of Ice Flowers by Alessandro Zocchi
This is one of the coldest valleys in the Italian Dolomites. Sun never reaches the bottom in winter, and nature can have its fun here creating spectacular ice formations. Equipment: Nikon D200 with 18-70 mm
W B Skinner says:
The Kuskanax River runs clear and cold from the glacial mountains above Nakusp, in south central British Columbia.
I had the great fortune to hike this fantastic river a few times this summer (2007) while visiting the area… following along its rocky banks up into the mountains until at last they became too steep to navigate. So many different flowers and plants grew here … there were several unique little ecosystems completely governed by how much light exposure they received.
Fred First says:
The texture and brilliance of soft clouds and the hard, sharp shadows of barn and woods spoke clearly of this day of January contrast–a pleasant thaw in a gray season yet to come.
Ann and I love mountain biking on unpaved country roads. Ten years ago we drove to north Georgia every weekend for 4 – 5 hours of biking. It provided adventure we could enjoy together (we had several close encounters with bears) and kept us fit. Due to a combination of busyness in our lives and unfettered development in north Georgia, we don’t do it anymore.
We want to live in a place where sights like this are only a short ride away.
Near Sturgeon Bay on Lake Superior
You can see why we named her Blue.
WB Skinner says:
It zigged and zagged and whirled. To its own music the mountain creek performed a ritual dance for me, white foam bubbles spinning in its rocky pool. Dim evening light made for a great opportunity to do a 10 second shutter and make this little oddity come alive.
WB Skinner says:
From the old road I could hear the water cascading in the distance. I made my way through thick under-brush toward the sound… camera and pod in one hand and shielding my face with the other. I smiled when I saw the falls … and gasped when I saw the last tidbit of summer surrender to the colder season.