Watery Wednesday # 20

Spruce Flat Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  January 25, 2008.

Spruce Flat Falls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. January 25, 2008.

We’re still in the grip of winter here on the Plateau — gray skies, rain and ice, but no snow for now.  So I thought I would stay with winter for Watery Wednesday.  The pictures can be enlarged if desired.

Last January Betsy and I hiked to Spruce Flat Falls in the Smoky Mountains.  Spruce Flat Falls is behind the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, not far from the Townsend entrance to the park.  The institute sponsors workshops and programs throughout the year and there are signs pointing the way.

The hike to the falls was not bad  — a little under a mile.  The trail was fairly steep near the trailhead at the institute but it soon leveled off.  It was a good day for a hike — crisp, but not particularly cold.

When we got to the falls we were delighted to find water, snow and ice.  It was quite a visual delight.  The falls actually contains three steps — the picture above shows the main portion of the falls.

Water and ice at Spruce Flat Falls.  January 25, 2008.

Water and ice at Spruce Flat Falls. January 25, 2008.

This second picture shows the water and ice of the falls in a little more detail.  Spruce Flat Falls was a very nice addition to our waterfall collection.

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39 Responses to “Watery Wednesday # 20”

  1. Rob Says:

    Great shots! What an amazing park to visit!

  2. LEEDRA Says:

    Looks great with the ice and snow. Soooooo white.

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  3. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    That must have been spectacular,considering how beautiful it looks on pictures.

  4. Your EG Tour Guide Says:

    Waterfalls are always a big hit with me. I LOVE them. ‘-)

  5. Geogypsy Says:

    These marvelous semi-frozen waterfalls have such depth and textue. I am reminded of falls I used to hike to in Illinois at Starve Rock State Park. Nice captures.

  6. 2sweetnsaxy Says:

    I think these are amazing photos. Being in Southern Cal I never get to see water frozen in motion like that.

  7. Denise Says:

    Beautiful waterfall shots, that must have been a lovely walk. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Tabib Says:

    Very nice, Frozen ice and water flow frozen in time!

  9. connieemeraldeyes Says:

    Nice picture of the frozen fall. That is so neat.

  10. Carletta Says:

    Hiking to a waterfall in the winter – my hats off to you both!
    This is really lovely and can only imagine what it was like to actually be there.

  11. blossom Says:

    Ooo … I really like this. I wonder how it will be like if we have winter in Malaysia… thanks for sharing

  12. Guy D Says:

    There is something eerie about frozen waterfalls, I love these shots, perfect.

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  13. Antigoni Says:

    Awesome photos. I would like to see it alive. Great place.
    I liked your post for My World, too.

  14. Judy Says:

    What a beautiful frozen waterfall! You can see the action of the water better in this state than when it is fully liquid!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Mary Says:

    Beautiful! Everything here is frozen up today. Brrrrrr…!

  16. Susie Says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  17. kden Says:

    Those shots are so amazing. I’m glad I stopped by to see them.

  18. Kathy Says:

    I like this George. It does make me cold looking at it though. =) Hope you have a great day.

  19. Michele Says:

    Outstanding!! Wonderful images!
    Some of our waterfalls are frozen as these are and they are HUGE!
    Many hikers will don on their climbing gear and up up up they go climbing to the top of these icy falls….

  20. Deborah Godin Says:

    Those are so neat! Reminds me of a candle when it burns in a slight draft and the wax collects down one side.

  21. Neal Says:

    Very beautiful! We’ve got plenty of snow…. probably 11-12 inches so Betsy will probably be jealous.

  22. Suzanne Says:

    Looks gorgeous BUT very cold too. brrrrr.

  23. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Great water and ice falls.

  24. ewok1993 Says:

    Even frozen it’s amazing. I feel the cold though.

    BTW, I added you to my blogroll in my photo blog where I keep all my links.


  25. happily retired gal Says:

    What wonderful WINTRY water scenes you’ve shared here today … making me chilly just to LOOK at them.
    Hugs and blessings,

  26. Tarolino, Finland Says:

    Awesome and spectacular images George. What would I not give to have such a place at my reach. Green with envy that you can visit such places. Kidding! Still I’d just love to see this for real but these images do make it look simply amazing.
    Thankyou so much for making that hike and for these artistic pictures.

  27. Valkyrien Says:

    I love it when one can see the water struggling to force away the ice – ore is it the oposite? – but don’t quit win. Beautiful shots!

  28. Sherrie Says:

    Hi George,
    Those are some Awesome Photos!! Beautiful Waterfalls!! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!


  29. Louise Says:

    What a reward for your hike! Wonderful photos!

  30. theArthurClan Says:

    These photos are fantastic! You have inspired me to start hiking more…it’s amazing the views that you capture by getting out into nature.

  31. david mcmahon Says:

    Beautiful shots – perfect for this monster heatwave that’s hit us. Highest temperatures in a century – whew!

  32. Ms Hays Says:

    I know I’ve said this before, but frozen waterfalls just kill me! Very pretty shots though

  33. Shelley Says:

    Looks like a beautiful ice sculpture!

  34. Tina Says:

    Brrrrr. looks like my backyard right now..ice everywhere!! well maybe not that much water..but it feels like it is.. An interesting capture, George.

  35. robert v sobczak Says:

    Wow! Talk about being worth the hike. In Florida they say there are still some undiscovered springs … I wonder if that’s the case with water falls.

  36. Rambling Woods Says:

    I love this…you make the cold look good George..

  37. Sandi McBride Says:

    When moving water freezes, you have to figure it got really really cold…seeing this caused a chill to go straight thru me! Congratulations on the Post of the Day mention at David’s

  38. Sarah Laurence Says:

    Congratulations on your blog of note from David. Cool (in more ways than one) photos!

  39. Tootie Says:

    I like your beautiful photos of snow and the frozen waterfalls. Really beautiful!

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