“Eagle’s Nest Ice Fall” – Bancroft
“I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don’t see that type of blue around here.”
― Cath Crowley
Bancroft is a rural town in north-central Ontario. Known as the Mineral Capital of Canada, it sits atop the rocky Canadian Shield, some of the oldest rock in the world. Towering above the town is a granite monolith known as the “Eagle’s Nest”.
During milder winter days and now spring days, melt water pours down some of the cliff faces and freezes into “ice falls”, like the one above, towering tens of meters high.
What really caught my attention, as I was driving by, was the startling blue and turquoise tones in the ice. Enough so, that I turned the car around and went back for a second look. I expect, now that I’m looking closer, that the brilliant blue-green glow of the ice, which is in shadow, is caused by sunlight striking the top of the fall and being transmitted down the length of it, making it seeming ‘glow’. Areas where the sun is striking directly show as bright white.
I’ve seen those blue hues in other ice structures but nowhere nearly as stunning as this.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 145mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1 ISO 200