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    Posted January 30, 2014 by
    North Carolina
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    Wintry weather 2014

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    Ice on the Falls

    I live in the South. In North Carolina, snow is rare and ice is even more rare. As an amateur photographer, it seems I never get the opportunity to photograph winter weather. However, the deep freeze of the South has kept my camera battery on the charger. Near Asheville, I have access to the Appalachian mountains, State and National parks, as well as cascading water falls deep in the Carolina woods. While the frosty weather has kept many inside the warmth of their homes, it has brought me out onto gravel roads still packed with snow. It brought me to trails I had never set foot on before. And finally, it brought me to the foot of the behemoth falls known as Daniels Ridge. I grew anxious as the rumbling of the water became louder. As I turned the corner, there she was, the falls, dressed heavy in the lace of winter. Like tinsel, the ice draped down the rock face. I quickly fumbled with my camera, fidgeting with shutter speeds, apertures, and filters. The early morning light would quickly change so I worked fast. The opportunity and the timing of this was amazing and the sight awe-inspiring. While winter weather can be annoying and dangerous, I wanted to take away a positive experience. I wanted to see some of the South as I have rarely seen it before. And finally, I wanted to be able to share that rare beauty with others.
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