Frosty Morning at Deep Creek

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.

None-the-less, I was happy to come away with a number of “keepers” from the morning’s efforts.Frosty Sunrise

Abandoned TrestleSunrise

Rolling Fog

I liked how the ground fog was billowing in the morning light.


Frosty Trees

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

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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2 Responses to Frosty Morning at Deep Creek

  1. nikontim2012 says:

    Always wonderful to be out in the mornings first light. Wonderful pictures Ron

    • Ron Ludekens says:

      Thank you Tim. Not often do I return to the computer after an outing and smile in satisfaction over a number of images that truly please me. This ended up being a special morning.

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