Winter had been coming on strong and hard in the last few weeks while journeys across Canada en route to Alaska. For weeks temperatures rarely raised above -20°F, so I was amazed to find the Murtle River still flowing, but I guess it takes a lot longer to freeze such a fast-flowing river. Here at Helmcken Falls, the river plummets more than 400 ft. in a canyon, and due to the freezing temperatures, the mist has built up an ice cone 100 ft. high, and the waterfall continues to plummet down through its center.
I had taken numerous shots of this amazing feature from the ground but knew that the scale and scope of the cone would be better appreciated from the air. Still, I did a series of images using my Mavic III drone in the context of the fantastic snowy forest through which it cuts. I had to be quick, though, due to the freezing temperatures, the battery life only lasted minutes.
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