In the Central Valley of California, the most diverse agricultural area in the world, deep freeze is not the farmer’s friend. Over the last 3 days, that is exactly what was forecast and the farmers were scrambling to protect their crops – especially the citrus growers. Temperatures were going to drop into the low 20’s for long durations.
Saturday morning, I set the alarm to wake extra early for the purpose of going to the citrus belt to the east of us. I wanted to make images of the icicles on the orange trees made when the farmers spray their trees with water to keep the freeze from damaging their crops and trees. I did this during the freeze of 2007 and hoped to improve on those images.
When I got to the closest citrus groves I was surprised to find most of the wind machines not even running and water running out of the groves instead of ice. Much to the relief of the farmers, a narrow band of clouds arrived in the early morning and prevented the deep freeze. So my goal was thwarted.
Instead I was in for another treat. Clouds are a photographer’s friend and the sunrise was promising to be nice. I stopped along Road 196 where it crossed Deep Creek. I had always wanted to photograph this area and the old train trestle that crossed the creek. Today was my chance. Unfortunately I missed the best part of the pre-sunrise skies while trying to negotiate the slippery slope and barbed wire cattle fence.
Complete gallery of images here: Frosty Morning Sunrise at Deep Creek
Now all I need to do is find some good gloves for photographers because when I got the feeling back into my fingers, they really hurt.
A most satisfying morning enjoying God’s beauty.
Ron Ludekens 1-13-2013