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Frigid Light Photography Newsletter - Issue #7

Frigid Light Photography Newsletter - Issue #7
By David Howland • Issue #7 • View online
This has been one of the winteriest winters in several years here on the Cape. Since I’m not getting this newsletter sent until more than halfway through February, we might as well call it the Winter Issue instead of pretending it’s a monthly newsletter for February.

Winter in New Hampshire
At the beginning of winter, I set myself a goal to get back into winter hiking and (hopefully) backpacking. I’ve been taking solo trips up to New Hampshire and working roughly from the “52 With a View” list to find short hikes around sunset with good views to the west. My first hike was up Middle Sugarloaf Mountain and the views were mostly of a cloud bank. The scenery was still beautiful with everything covered in a few inches of ice.
A week later I skied the morning at Cannon Mountain and then drove down through Franconia Notch to the trailhead for Lonesome Lake. I’ve hiked the short trail up to the lake many times in summer but had never done it in winter and was excited to see the lake frozen over and the mountains of Franconia Ridge covered in snow. I had a beautiful evening up at the lake watching clouds skirt over the peaks of Franconia Ridge in the distance.
Winter on Cape Cod
Back home on the Cape, we had a long stretch of below freezing temperatures. When it gets that cold by the ocean, the ocean freezes up at the high tide line leaving behind frozen ripples of ice all along the beach. I went out for a sunset in Dennis and took the above picture at my first stop. No ice but beautiful orange sunset light reflecting on the rippled sand on the tidal flats.
I found tons of ice ripples at my second stop at Chapin Beach and explored I had to back to the car and defrost my hands.
This same stretch of extremely cold weather also caused Cape Cod Bay to freeze. This only happens once every couple of years so I was thrilled and took a bunch of photos of the ice floes moving out towards the ocean on the tide.
I’m currently rocking one of the more detailed shots as my phone wallpaper and have put up a gallery of these images on my website linked below.
Sea Ice on Cape Cod Bay – Frigid Light Photography
Up Next
February has so far been just as cold and snowy as January and I’ve explored several new viewpoints and vistas in the White Mountains. If you’d like to follow along in close to real time, you can find me on Instagram at @frigidlight.
That’s it for this month! As always, if you have any feedback just reply to this email or hit the buttons at the end of the email.
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David Howland

Each month I share new images, a phone wallpaper, and other content about Cape Cod, New England, and beyond.

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