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Frozen Wisconsin

by David Nackers from United States

Wisconsin is my hometown and is a very beautiful place all seasons of the year.  This may not be the first place that pops into your head when you think of taking a vacation or road trip.  Each season makes this state look completely different.  I’m going to be focusing on the Winters in Wisconsin.  The winter can be very brutal here and it’s not uncommon for the temperature to be in the negative 30s.  However, if you are able to brave the elements, you will be able to see some of Mother Nature’s beauty.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

This is Wequiock Falls.  During the summer it is just a very small trickle of a waterfall.  Winter shows a much different look.  As you walk along the creek towards the frozen falls, it is almost unbelievable.  The cavernous walls are all covered in massive icicles.  This is a very accessible waterfall to get to, and it is definitely worth the stop.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

Just to put things into perspective, this is Ashley standing near the waterfall.  There are icicles well over twenty feet long in all directions.  Seeing this really makes you feel tiny.  This is a great spot for pictures.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

This is Fonferek Glen.  This freezes up early into the winter season.  Icicles surround the entire gorge, as well as behind the waterfall.  This is a risky place to get down to in the winter, being almost all ice.  If the water isn’t fully frozen, accessibility is tough.  Luckily, there is a good lookout area where you can clearly see the waterfall from the entrance

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

If you’re anything like me, you would have crawled down the rock face to see what behind the falls looked like.  This was a dangerous hike to get to, but it was absolutely stunning behind the waterfalls.  Icicles surround the rocks, and water sprinkling down all around.  This was a surreal experience.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

Fox River in Appleton, WI.  This is a river that runs from Lake Winnebago north into Lake Michigan.  The river offers a variety of different parks, picnic areas, and boat landings.  You also get to capture some of the best sunrises and sunsets anywhere along the river.  This is a sunrise on an icy December morning along the Fox River.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

1000 Islands Kaukauna, WI.  This is a nature center in Kaukauna, WI.  It is a series of trails that go along the Fox River.  When the water is low you are able to jump the rocks to various islands throughout the park.  Certain sections of the river will not freeze over the course of the winter due to fast currents.  This is a good place for hiking and seeing wildlife.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

Appleton, WI.  This is taken in Appleton, WI, which is my hometown.  The Fox River runs directly through the city.  This was taken in temperatures in the negative 20s.  There is a luminous frost hovering over the river.  I was only able to snap a few pictures before my fingers got too numb to continue shooting.  Ducks and seagulls can still be seen along the river throughout the winter.

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Wisconsin by David Nackers

Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Legendary Lambeau Field!!  The Frozen Tundra.  This was taken the morning of the Wildcard Playoffs New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers.  Packers defeated the Giants 38-13 advancing to the next round of the Playoffs.  As a Packer fan, this was an incredible game.  Lambeau Field is a must see for any NFL Football fan.  This place is second to none.  I have been here a hundred times and every time I go it still gives me goosebumps.

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