Walking In A Winter Wonderland

“Ice, Ice, Baby”.  Why is it every time I think of  the word ice, that annoying song by Vanilla Ice comes on in my head.

We went for a walk on the weekend. To another one of the waterfalls on the Waterfall Tour.  This consists of seven waterfalls, all within a 45 minute drive from Kilbourne Grove. 

This time it was to Indian Falls.

It is approximately a one kilometer walk from the parking lot to the waterfall, through the woods.

It was a beautiful day.

Indian Falls is a horseshoe shaped falls, like Niagara Falls, but much, much smaller.

The ice at the bottom of the falls is getting thicker and thicker. I am not sure why it is more yellow than the blue that ice normally is. Pollution? Minerals in the water?

You walk along the stream going back to your car. This is Indian Creek which flows into Owen Sound Bay.

 You can see why I am a bit jealous envious of all those bloggers having some colour (or at least seeing the ground) in their gardens.  There is still a lot of snow in Owen Sound.


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  1. 1

    gardeningasylum said,

    Looks like a spectacular walk – I do understand color envy though!

  2. 3

    Stunning! To have seven waterfalls so near… what good luck Deborah! The sound must be amazing long before you even get to see the falls. I would hope the yellow is from minerals stirred up. Hope Hope. ;>) Lovely walk. My landscape looks like yours so I too look upon the beautiful budding gardens with green envy.

  3. 5

    Joy said,

    Deborah girl do you know how lucky you are to have a home in such a gorgeous place ? .. imagine those falls in the heat of mid summer and how beautiful they will be if you visit them during that time !! Here in Kingston we have limestone cut out for the highway and you see the water frozen in various degrees as it was running down those areas .. it is amazing but you can’t stop the car in those places to take pictures ! JEEZ !!
    Very “cool” pictures : )

    • 6

      I have visited them in the summer Joy, and it is not a very busy walk which is even better. I remember when I was living in Kingston the “waterfalls” along the highway, they are very pretty.

  4. 7

    Edith Hope said,

    Dear Deborah, My breath is taken away, literally and metaphorically. What have we, in the UK, had to complain of? I find it so difficult to imagine such cold – a frozen waterfall is absolutely unheard of here. At least, I think one has to go back a couple of hundred years for a winter when the Thames froze over [I did not see it myself!].

    Your pictures so well convey the walk that you made – it is as though I was following in your footsteps. I also now completely understand why you are not, as with so many other bloggers, writing of the early blooms in your garden. I shall look forward to seeing those in August.

    I do hope that you are in the warm as you write.

    • 8

      Edith, when I was living in Notting Hill, one day there was snow. It was only a sprinkle for us Canadians, but London ground to a halt. My husband worked in the City and the Tube couldn’t run. He had to walk all the way home.
      I laughed out loud when I read your comment about flowering in August. One of the things that I loved so much about living in London, was the way spring lasted. In Canada, the snow will be there one day, and the nect day will be 20degreesC. The bulbs will only last a few days. Other years it is milder, you just never know!

  5. 9

    Oh, gosh, I hope Edith’s wrong (or joking) and we have some early blooms to show before August! Driving as you do between homes, you know that here in Toronto we don’t have anything so winter wonderlandish – just browns and greys. However, I must say, the sky at this moment is making lovely ribbons of blue and blush.

    • 10

      Helen, it is amazing to see the difference between Toronto and Owen Sound. The snow starts about Orangeville, and just gets deeper and deeper. I wish I could see the sky downtown, all I see are tall buildings.

  6. 11

    miss m said,

    Wow, that’s quite spectacular !
    I’ve always wondered about yellow ice too. I agree that minerals must play a part, and perhaps a little dirt too ? Very nice. Your spoiled !

    • 12

      Thanks miss m, I feel like I have the best of both worlds. Living in Toronto during the week, no snow here, and then Owen Sound on the weekends, my husband loves snowboarding and I love the fire!
      I saw that you joined Blotanical, but have not seen you on the site. Do you need any help with it?

      • 13

        miss m said,

        Erm, I don’t think so. Although to tell you the truth, I haven’t been back since logging in 3 or 4 weeks ago only to find I had a ton of messages ! And frankly, I just dread having to answer them all back ! I really should have a proper look. I might just head on over there right now.

      • 14

        You don’t have to answer every message, or any. A lot of bloggers just want to say hi and welcome, but you can just ignore them. You can do as little or as much as you want. It is a great place to find new blogs.

  7. 15

    Liisa said,

    Beautiful photos, Deborah. What a wonderful place to appreciate the beauty of winter. I too am growing a bit weary of the winter landscape, and appreciate those bloggers in milder climates that share their colorful photos. The spring fever is certainly settling in… 🙂

  8. 17

    commonweeder said,

    What beautiful photographs of those icy falls. I am impressed with your ability and willingness to walk amid so much ice. I have taken grandsons on quests to local falls, one right next to the road, so could be visited in winter, and Tannery Falls, listed somewhere as the 11th most beautiful falls in Massachusetts, would never be navigated in winter, requiring as it does a long drive on a dirt road, and then a very long descent down a very steep slope to get the full impact. It is a glory – I don’t know which falls in the state are more beautiful

    • 18

      The path was not icy,(luckily), just the falls. It is nice walking in winter, not as many people out. Whenever we have company visit, we take them on a walk to one of the seven waterfalls.

  9. 19

    teza said,

    You know he put out a new album a year or so ago….. I am sure we are of the same generation musically…. but I drifted over to England’s shore for my favourites during those all important formative years…. how was I to know the effect Queen and Elton would have on my delicate disposition!… Enough about the line that will now be frozen in my head for the rest of the day!!!!!

    What a spectacular waterfall….. to have it so close to Kilbournegrove! I too am fascinated with the yellowish brown hues of most ice near running water. We have a set of rapids [waterfalls but on a miniscule scale] here in downtown Fergus, and they too have the same dirty looking ice! Great post

  10. 21

    Beautiful pictures Deborah, walks in the woods are so refreshing.

  11. 23


    The waterfall is so beautiful, even when most of it is frozen. I remember visiting Telluride, Colorado in the winter and seeing the waterfall by the town was frozen. Do the waterfalls freeze sometimes where you are?

  12. 25

    Joanne said,

    The first shot I was thinking could have been our woods and then saw what a water fall and such pictures.

  13. 27

    Indian Falls are amazing. I like the white of snow and ice. Surely it is just as beautiful in its own way. Although I confess, I would freeze and probably complain all winter as I have very wimpy blood.

    • 28

      It is amazing how your blood adjusts to the climate where you are living. When I moved back from England, I found the first few winter very cold, but I thick I am acclimatized now.

  14. 29

    Cherylr said,

    Wow, those are some fantastic pictures you have there. We do not have any falls around here so thank you for sharing. I bet they are stunning in the spring with the overflow of water.

  15. 31

    Autumn Belle said,

    Wow, the scenery here is indeed spectacular! This is the first time I see a frozen waterfall. I have never ever imagine, I mean it didin’t occur to me how water falls freeze.

  16. 33

    Debbie, the shots of the frozen ice and the moving falls are spectacular – the contrast and sense of movement is so compelling. I think I would love these fall just as much in winter – they are really quite magical. Glad to see you are getting outside to enjoy it all!

  17. 35

    Janie said,

    I think your ice is yellow from the minerals and the dirt that is swept into the river from the shore, and probably from leaves decomposing in the water too. I know that when we get leaves in our pond, the water turns a definite brown as they decompose. Water in a river is never as clean as it looks from afar, and when it is stopped in it’s tracks as your river is by being frozen, it is bound to show.

    I worked in a garden once, that had a lovely deep fish pond. It was actually 3 ponds that were at least 5′ deep, with waterfalls that connected them. In our hot summers, the water always looked so cool and refreshing. I remarked to the lady who owned the ponds that I was often tempted to jump in those waters, and she said I wouldn’t like it if I did. “They are full of red worms”, and when we dipped a pail of water out to look, it was true. But we couldn’t see them from above, and especially when the water was moving.

    Lovely pictures, but I wouldn’t want to be there. I would be a basket case by now. I could never get used to winter when I lived up north.

  18. 37

    leavesnbloom said,

    words fail me Deborah – the photos of the waterfall are stunning – what a great trip away. As you can see I’m so late in catching up with all my wonderful favourite bloggers but so glad I did not miss this post.

  19. 39

    Karly said,

    Wow – you make me wish I lived somewhere icy!!!
    We’re sweltering in the heat down here in Aus at the moment and your photos are so spectacular, I wish I were there!

  20. 41

    Gary said,

    Winter hikes are always enjoyable.
    The solitude of the season brings one closer to nature and it seems too one’s senses are heightened in the wintertime.
    Remember, Ground Hog day is just around the corner so we could have six more weeks to enjoy winter!
    Thanks for posting your waterfalls pictures. I enjoyed them.

  21. 43

    puppyparents said,

    Spectacular pics….I LOVE winter!!!!!!!

  22. 45

    Barbara said,

    It looks cold cold cold. But pretty.

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