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Country Frozen

Country Frozen

Like much of the nation we are in the midst of a deep freeze here in Lancaster County. Personally, I'm more of a warm sandy beaches kind of guy, but when I asked some of my photographer friends who's ready for summer I was surprised by their answers. A surprising number of people actually said they prefer the frigid arctic vortex barreling down on us with oppressive force. I kid, to each their own.

Freezin ...

I do enjoy certain aspects of winter life. Winter does bring it's own unique beauty that you only get a short time to really appreciate. In a deep freeze like we're experiencing now we get some very unique ice features to observe. For starters, I love getting out to see some of my favorite waterfalls turn into a cascade of ice. Take a look at this picture I converted into a Plotagraph (moving image) of Millcreek Falls in York County along the Mason Dixon Trail ( i've been visiting a few nearby falls, stay tuned for more to come on that)

 

Country Frozen Video

Another magical thing to watch is the snow blowing across the open fields. It's kind of hard to capture in a photograph, so I captured a few video clips and put them together in the following video "Country Frozen".

 

Recent Photos

Below are a few photos I captured while I've been out and about. I don't randomly capture as much as I used to, but when I have my camera along and I see something unigue I like to capture a few frames.

Sunsets are hit or miss this time of year. It's good to keep an eye out the window. When the snow and the clouds work together with the Sun the colors are absolutely breathtaking. Like the wind that will be pounding you in the face.

Two young ladies enjoying a sunset stroll on horseback on Wissler Road

A Mennonite buggy makes it's way down Amishtown Road. I'm never happy to see the horses out in this type of weather. However, seeing it make it's way down the powerline free road I had to take a snap. You've probably seen my other photos along this road. It's one of my favorite places to enjoy a sunrise or sunset because it's convenient, but also because of the lack of power lines. 

 

Past WINTER Photos

 

 

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360 Roundtop Mountain Resort

360 Roundtop Mountain Resort

Half way through December and the weather hasn't quite been ready to give us snow yet. There was a light dusting on the western edge of Lancaster County last weekend, but nothing more than a few sporadic flurries over my way. It just so happens I know where you snow lovers like myself can find some.  To find it we'll have to hit the road and venture west a little to Roundtop Mountain Resort.

I knew that SkiRoundtop was going to be opening some of the slopes this week for Skiing and Snowboarding, and then Tubing over the weekend. I had seen a few photos of them making snow earlier this week and wanted to take a peek. I really dislike cold weather, but snow is entirely different. Love snow!

To make things a little interesting I got the kids excited by telling them we were going to go find some snow. Zoe, ever vigilant, instantly KNEW that there was no snow "because it didn't snow last night, duh". However, I convinced her that maybe it had snowed somewhere else. Then she tagged a wagger onto it. The deal was that if I couldn't find snow I would have to take her and her brother directly to Chuck E Cheese's for dinner. I had already spoken to the folks at Roundtop Mountain Resort about stopping by, so game-on little lady. 

360 Video


Photos

Here are a few photos I captured while we were there. The snow crews were out in force building up the Terrain park for opening day. Outside of that it was a pretty quiet. The last quiet evening the resort will see for a while. 

If you make your way up to Roundtop Mountain Resort be sure to share your pics and videos on our Facebook Page and tag #GrandLancaster on Instagram!

The west of Roundtop Mountain Resort just after Sunset.

Snow crews working on the Terrain Park the night before opening day. 

Fife and Drum trail just behind the Roundtop map. 

The western edge of Roundtop Mountain Resort reflecting in the pond at the base of the Mountain. 

The eastern edge of Rountop Mountain Resort behind the Snow Tubing parking lot. 

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