Winter snow at Sulphur Gates
It was the end of February and for two days the snow had been falling, covering the icy trails that had formed by warmer weather. It was clean and white again when the clouds lifted and the sky was blue. It was time for a trip to Sulphur Gates before the wind got up to blow the fresh snow off the trees.
No-one else had walked the trail for weeks and the only sign that there was life around were the animal tracks. The wind hadn’t arrive, the snow was sparkling and at minus 10 degrees celsius it was a pleasure to be out.
Fox at Sulphur Gates
I was reminded of another winter hike to the same spot when I caught the pungent smell of a fox. That day, I was putting my camera on the tripod to take some landscape photographs when my husband noticed something moving behind us. It was a Fox and he was not afraid as he wandered around checking us out. All decked out in his winter fur he was a joy to watch and photograph.
Snow covered ice along the Smoky River
This day was for the landscape, beautifully white, glistening and quiet except for the river below. After taking some photographs we made our way down the steep trail to the Smoky Rivers edge. Large lumps of ice had been pushed up onto the bank making it difficult to know where to step. Soon the wind started to wake up so we made our way back up the trail to go home for breakfast.
To see more photographs of Sulphur Gates please go to my Landscape Photography page.