Auger Falls in the Snow and Ice

I got in one good hike while in the Adirondacks for the holidays. We went out into the middle of nowhere to hike to Auger Falls. It’s a short loop trail, probably no more than 1.5 miles total. We did it in snow. It was snowing out, there was snow on the ground, and under that snow was a lot of ice. Sadly for me, we did not have snow shoes that fit, so I got to schlepp along in my boots while constantly watching my step. In the end, I was happier in the boots since there were a bunch of felled trees that we had to step over and that is not easy in snow shoes. It was a very dark and cloudy day, but I was not giving up on doing a hike and getting some shots. I might want to go back here again in either spring or fall for some shots with colors, but waterfalls are always fun for me. Even if one of your fellow hikers is worried you are going to get too close and fall in (for the record I wasn’t even CLOSE to the edge due to the ice).

The beginning of the trail from the hidden parking lot.

The beginning of the trail from the hidden parking lot.

It's like a waffle cone only with leaves and snow.

It’s like a waffle cone only with leaves and snow.

Now that is an interesting root system.

Now that is an interesting root system.

Tree crushes rock.

Tree crushes rock.

Welcome to the ice surrounded falls.

Welcome to the ice surrounded falls.

Some really cool formations.

Some really cool formations.

Lots of water and noise.

Lots of water and noise.

I could sit here for hours.

I could sit here for hours.

Rapids into the falls themselves.

Rapids into the falls themselves.

It's so surrounded by trees that you can't get much of a clear shot, which is a first for me.

It’s so surrounded by trees that you can’t get much of a clear shot, which is a first for me.

The basin.

The basin.

So much snow and ice on the rocks.

So much snow and ice on the rocks.

The ice was simply incredible with how it built up.

The ice was simply incredible with how it built up.

Now we follow the river upstream.

Now we follow the river upstream.

Trees with exposed roots line the river.

Trees with exposed roots line the river.

Rapids everywhere due to the snow and earlier thaw.

Rapids everywhere due to the snow and earlier thaw.

Tiny christmas trees line the path at one point.

Tiny christmas trees line the path at one point.

More interesting roots.

More interesting roots.

There is a bridge on the other side: a sign you are almost done with the path.

There is a bridge on the other side: a sign you are almost done with the path.

A calmer river further upstream.

A calmer river further upstream.

Of course the sky begins to clear when we get back to the car - that's how it works.

Of course the sky begins to clear when we get back to the car – that’s how it works.

Next week: We take a look at the 2014 Ice Festival in Central Park. Ice carvings and chainsaws!

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel T5i with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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