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Fern Falls Winter

Mar 19 2019 Published by under Fern, Winter

Fern Falls Winter #5

Fern Falls Winter Gallery

I awoke this morning to the sounds of birds twittering outside the window as the eighteen inches of snow that fell mid-week slid from the roof as the sun warmed it. Spring is just around the corner, but winter is still here, as the bomb-cyclone storm reminded us. Fern Falls is one of the more spectacular falls in the Park, on a north facing slope, so I expected the usual winter appearance of a falls. Small sections of falling water surrounded by cathedral-like ice and soft pillowy mounds of snow, undercut by a continual sound track of flowing water under ice.

A few miles hike in from the road’s winter closure, and I couldn’t have been more mistaken. Without knowledge of Fern Falls existence, you couldn’t have guessed it was there. It’s been a good winter, one that buries the Falls of seasons past in a hibernation of snow.

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No apologies

May 23 2016 Published by under Fern, Spring

Fern Falls Spring Gallery

Fern Falls Spring #9

Another long lay-off between waterfall posts. It is what it is. Spring is returning to the Rocky Mountains, and so am I.

I hiked up to Fern Falls on a foggy Sunday morning, not seeing another human for hours. Climbing the last switchback before these falls, however, I did hear the low bass huffing noise of a bear somewhere upslope of me. After my initial response, consisting entirely of freezing in place and straining my ears to place the noise, I broke out into song, in the hopes that my atonal vocals would prove unappetizing. I never saw the bear, but I did see the rapidly flowing waters over Fern Falls.

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Autumn Equinox

Sep 24 2011 Published by under Autumn, Fern

I stepped out of the car at the Fern Lake Trailhead in the pre-dawn light, surrounded by yellowed aspen leaves and the otherworldly sound of bugling elk.


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