An American dipper in the cold mist

The quick stab of wintry weather last weekend reminded me of a visit to the Vermilion Lakes in January.  It was cold, -25°C cold, but this American dipper flitted around the pond with the energy typical of this species.

This was a welcome distraction from my wait for daybreak, still 15 minutes away, so I switched to a telephoto lens and photographed the comings and goings for a little while.  Hot springs seep out of the hillside and run into the pond which keeps sections ice-free throughout the winter and creates the hazy mist that rolls in slow motion waves across the water.  It was a beautiful spot to be on a frigid morning – even when my fingers might argue it was not worth it, I believe it was.

19 responses

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  2. Love the last one 🙂 I really like the cool temperature of these ones 🙂

    April 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

  3. Nitin Khanna

    Excellent Work and Great Efforts.Best Pictures i have ever seen. As an photographer i can understand how important is to make your pictures creative specially when it comes to capturing wildlife moments. It really need extra efforts and Patience. Even when i started photography, i faced difficulties in capturing wildlife pictures and then i started writing tips for others so that they could improve themselves. Have a look at my work at https://www.behance.net/nitinkhannaor and also let me know how is it. I would love to hear from you. Thank you in advance

    April 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

  4. Kenny

    very pretty

    April 10, 2017 at 7:23 am

  5. Why dont you visit Nepal?

    April 7, 2017 at 5:44 am

  6. Love these images and this bird! I never really see images of dippers in the winter. Does he go under the water in this colder weather?

    April 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm

  7. So captivating! Love the hues of blue in the pictures.

    April 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

  8. I’m especially fond of the third photo. The frost (or hoarfrost? I’m not sure of the difference) is beautiful, and the ripples are a nice contrast to all that sharpness. I was interested to learn about the hot springs, too, and I’m sure the birds appreciate them.

    April 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

  9. Oh my gosh, it was totally worth it. These images are so beautiful. The tones are wonderful

    April 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm

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  11. Fantastic hues of blue. Such a captivating scene!

    April 5, 2017 at 10:24 am

  12. Lovely blue …

    April 5, 2017 at 9:54 am

  13. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    April 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

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    April 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

  15. Like your photography

    On 5 Apr 2017 6:22 pm, “Christopher Martin Photography” wrote:

    > Christopher Martin posted: ” The quick stab of wintry weather last weekend > reminded me of a visit to the Vermilion Lakes in January. It was cold, > -25°C cold, but this American dipper flitted around the pond with the > energy typical of this species. This was a welcome distr” >

    April 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

  16. Very nice!

    April 5, 2017 at 7:30 am

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    April 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

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