Icicle Creek Rapids

This is another scene on Icicle Creek near Leavenworth, Washington. This is a spectacular wild river that is supplied mostly from melting glaciers in the Stuart Range.  The contained glacial rock flour provides a pale blue color to the otherwise clear, cold water.  It was near this scene where I slipped on an algae covered rock while taking reference photos in the middle of the stream.  In I went camera and all.  I managed to keep the camera dry by catching one leg of the tripod as I headed for my chilly dip,  then swam ashore with one arm while holding the camera tripod by one leg above the churning water. This is probably the closest I'll ever get to a mid-winter polar bear club swim. The painting is a 21 x 29-inch acrylic on watercolor paper depicting the rapids just before sunset.

Posted by: lknight
Posted on: 9/9/2010 at 3:41 PM
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Categories: Landscapes
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