High and dry

The sky showed blue and we agreed that an opportunity for some fresh air had presented itself. We passed Ravensburg State Park several week ago and noticed that ice had begun accumulating there and along the sides of the Rauchtown Creek. Those who follow this blog know that taking to streams, anytime of year, typically results in my getting wet … and more often than not, very wet indeed. Well, Joanna took the matter in hand and purchased a pair of Chest Waders for me from Cabela’s and this excursion presented the perfect opportunity for a field trial. I can now report that the waders were a game changer. When I first put my feet in the water I felt a sting of cold and thought the waders had sprung a leak. In a minute however I realized that my feet were dry and that my leg had simply responded to the dramatic temperature differential. Joanna had the HX9V with her and she photographed me as I photographed this pretty bit of ice.



35 thoughts on “High and dry

  1. Wow – nature is just amazing. That is a great picture with amazing colours! Bet you were happy for wearing those waders, yes? πŸ™‚

  2. What a beautiful photo David, quite magical … and how clever of Joanna to not only buy you the waders, but to then take a shot of you taking a shot … it makes my slightly damp and frozen knees from today’s snowdrop photo look positively wimpy!

      • Snowdrops are such a wonderful and welcome sign at this time of year … always appearing through the ice and snow just when we thought winter was becoming endless! They are the symbolic flower of Bride, or St Bridget whose holiday of Imbolc or Candlemass fast approaches πŸ™‚

  3. Of course I really like the first image with those cool icicles. Very nice display and you framed and captured it quite well. As we can tell from the second, you used a nice long exposure to smooth the water and leave the emphasis on the ice.

    I thought we had agreed to stay out of the cold water? πŸ˜‰

    Joanna provided you with a great asset and I may have to copy. I only have hip waders which have always kept me dry, but those chest waders give one another foot of protection, at least. Do the feet have felt bottoms?

    • Thanks for the ‘thumbs up.’ These waders have lug soles (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Footwear/Mens-Footwear/Mens-Waders/Mens-Fishing-Waders|/pc/104797980/c/104747580/sc/104674680/i/103926780/Hertersreg-Three-Forks-Insulated-Lug-Sole-Chest-Waders/1833025.uts?destination=%2Fcategory%2FMens-Fishing-Waders%2F103926780.uts&WTz_l=undefined%3Bcat103926780) … while the model also comes in a felt-soled-version (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Footwear/Mens-Footwear/Mens-Waders/Mens-Fishing-Waders|/pc/104797980/c/104747580/sc/104674680/i/103926780/Hertersreg-Three-Forks-Uninsulated-Felt-Sole-Waders/1828400.uts?destination=%2Fcategory%2FMens-Fishing-Waders%2F103926780.uts&WTz_l=undefined%3Bcat103926780) … these are both Herter’s brand, are available at Cabela’s and are not too expensive … a good investment if you can keep them in good shape. [Sorry for the long links, couldn’t figure any way to get shorter versions.]

      • Thanks for the links. We have a Cabela’s in Connecticut aside from on the web.

        If you want to shorten a link, here’s the formula. I can almost do it from memory, but keep it written down and handy to be sure.

        type a word or phrase here, like Cabela’s waders

        so. just fill in the blanks, first with the url and second with your chosen description….

        Lug sole chest waders hopefully I didn’t leave anything out….let’s see.

        It worked. πŸ™‚ click where it says chest waders. For some reason, links aren’t highlighted with the text here.

            • That’s what I was alluding to. If you hover your cursor, the little pointing finger shows and the link does work, but it doesn’t get highlighted in your theme, I guess. It was highlighted in the email notification and I could click it there as well as here.
              Where are you seeing a link tab? Do you answer comments in the edit mode? I hadn’t thought of doing that on my blog and, of course, I can’t do it here on yours.

              • Yes, I found the link tab in edit mode. It worked fine, just like inserting a link in the body of a post, save the fact that it didn’t highlight the link such that folks could see it. Oh well, half a loaf is better than none at all.

                • I think it must be your Nishita Theme. My 2010 Theme shows links…but maybe it is the color of the background.

                  Speaking of half loaves, time for my mid-afternoon toast break. Whole wheat 9 grain sourdough fro Whole Foods. I make my own too, but I can’t get the sourdough bite from my machine. Even when I hand made the loaves they were still too mild.

                  • Ahh … that could be it. Good detective work. Joanna and you could happy break bread together … I call that stuff ‘horse food.’ The breads in Switzerland were wonderful … but nothing you could really manufacture a sandwich out of. Enjoy your break … I’ve got go fire up the ‘big’ stove which was shut down this morning for a bit of a cleaning.

                    • I never used to like bread much until I “discovered” whole wheat, multi-grains and sourdough …s eparately or together. Just plain with a bit of Smart Balance spread or with peanut butter. Great stuff. I used to hate apple pie too. I’ve seen the error of my ways there as well. Yeah, we took advantage of the warmish day to let the stove have a rest and it will get a good cleaning before getting fired back up later this afternoon.

    • Thanks a lot Charlie … your reflections are always most welcome. I must admit that I too was surprised that I didn’t get all that cold. Keep in mind that, because the water is moving, it can sustain sub-zero temperatures without freezing … I don’t know what the actual temperature was … but I’m guessing it was pretty-darn-cold. There is no insulation behind the nylon and yet I was comfortable.

  4. So cool to see you at work! I love the waders and both shots. I, too, was grateful for the sense of scale that the second photo gives to the first.

  5. These icicles look more like Christmas tree ornaments or even hour glasses! I much prefer these “farm” ornaments to the creepy ones taken in Lausanne! What a difference in scenery from PA to the Alps! The second photos gives some perspective. Some people would just pass by and not give them a second thought. The clarity is just fabulous. You have a keen eye. I think you should make the second image your picture on FB! Joanna did ok by buying you the waders AND by taking a great shot! Good thing you didn’t drop your phone in the creek when I called! Waders would not have protected that! πŸ™‚

    • Yes … as soon as I emerged from the water my phone rang. It was deeply embedded in the pocket of my jeans and, given the bulk of my coat, was very hard to get at. Thank goodness Joanna was there to assist in the liberation of my phone.

  6. I’ve never seen ice formations like these. I try to zoom on the picture but I still have some problem to figure how the first layer of ice was formed. This is stunning and eye catching. It’s nice to have an idea of the scale, with the second picture. When I see you like this in the river, all I can say is “Oh wow, that’s commitment!” πŸ˜€

    • Assuming that the air temperature remains constant, the shape of these formations is caused by the changes in water level. Imagine that it’s quite cold and that ice crystals begin to form around a twig that is poking into the stream. As long as the air temperature stays below freezing ice will form around the twig. Now, imagine what will happen if the water drops at a constant, very slow, rate. When this happens, a uniform column of ice will continue to form around the twig. If the water level begins to drop more rapidly the column will narrow and taper. So, to produce the inverted tear-drop at the top of these formations, the water level had to be dropping more and more quickly over time. To produce the properly oriented tear-drop at the bottom of each formation, the water level had to be dropping more and more slowly over time. Keep in mind that these formations don’t occur over night … they take days a weeks for form. Cool, huh?

  7. The second image was absolutely essential for me – I looked at the first one and figured the small branch was a mighty trunk πŸ™‚ The ice formations reminded me of vases or trophies and I was baffled that these structures could be that big!

  8. Love Joanna’s shot because it gives perspective to the photo you’d taken above – what a beautiful capture! And yes, waders are the ticket! My fishermen know their stuff and it’s always on their Christmas lists! Any good outerwear is a game changer, wouldn’t you say?! Enjoy your new gear and your new adventures in the water!

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