Ice Portraits + A Winter Hike

Never have I regretted saying yes to a hike. There is something special about running up a stream with no real aim in mind other than to enjoy nature and friendship. No fancy lighting or special camera tricks here. Just four brothers and a prime lens. 

Our troop traversed up a small stream in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA. It was about 45 degrees F. and we kept seeing more and more interesting ice sculptures as the surface of the water had thawed and refrozen for a couple of day/night cycles in a row. 

Our troop traversed up a small stream in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA. It was about 45 degrees F. and we kept seeing more and more interesting ice sculptures as the surface of the water had thawed and refrozen for a couple of day/night cycles in a row. 

Both the Calebs on a tree trunk that led to the ice buildup in the background. While much of the wider parts of the stream (foreground) were thawed, various side brooks and pools still had ice two inches thick.

Both the Calebs on a tree trunk that led to the ice buildup in the background. While much of the wider parts of the stream (foreground) were thawed, various side brooks and pools still had ice two inches thick.

Stalactites that look like stalagmites... These were everywhere around the thawing stream.

Stalactites that look like stalagmites... These were everywhere around the thawing stream.

If there's a will...

If there's a will...

Lighting conditions were pretty much winter gray/blues. Without direct light the wide shots just don't have much going for them. This shot just gives some context for the majority of what we saw along the stream.

Lighting conditions were pretty much winter gray/blues. Without direct light the wide shots just don't have much going for them. This shot just gives some context for the majority of what we saw along the stream.

Casually discovering new species in the ice...

Casually discovering new species in the ice...

...like this species...proclaimed as "Josh."

...like this species...proclaimed as "Josh."

...like this ice crab...

...like this ice crab...

Q: What is a hike without pole vaulting across the stream? 

Q: What is a hike without pole vaulting across the stream? 

A: Dry socks.

A: Dry socks.