I hiked to Awosting Falls in Minnewaska State Park today just to get outside for exercise and fresh air. It is the middle of March, but the winter cold and wind is still with us. I was a little reluctant to spend hours in the cold, but I am really glad that I did. Awosting Falls is one of my favorite places. I used to photograph there often, but have not in the last several years. It was very pleasant to go back, and it turned out to be more comfortable than I expected, as the ravine blocked most of the wind.
There was still at least one foot of packed snow on the trails and more in the woods. The Peters Kill stream was flowing fast, with about half its width snow-free. Hiking close to it was not a safe option, because one could unexpectedly break through the snow and end up in the icy water. The 65-foot waterfall was spectacular. Its ice cone rose about half way up the fall, and the cliff behind the fall was completely covered with ice.
Here are a couple shots from the outing.
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