Mental Health, Nature

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls

January 25, 2015

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I hope you guys are snuggled up under a blanket while you’re reading this, because these photos might make you feel a bit chilly. Kaaterskill Falls is a popular summertime hiking and swimming spot in the Catskills, a relatively short drive across the Hudson River from us. Rarely do we seek waterfalls in the winter, which is why I’m so drawn to Andy’s images of the falls here, completely frozen over. 

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I look at these to remind myself that the winter landscape is not always bleak and depressing. Aren’t they beautiful?

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

And from behind the falls:

Frozen Kaaterskill Falls - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Speaking of winter, I’ve got some depression and anxiety related links to share. I hope these speak to some of you as they spoke to me.


It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.    –Stephen Fry

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.   –Rainer Maria Rilke

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  • Deb January 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Love reading your thoughts, Christy, and feel like we are having a visit, albeit from afar! And Andy’s photographic capture of the Falls are breathtaking!
    I love you, from Mom

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 26, 2015 at 7:50 am

    That is stunning! The wonders of nature…so beautiful!

  • Jessica H. January 26, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wow! These photos are amazing! It definitely is a reminder that winter can still be beautiful. I hope I can find some beauty in this current blizzard we’re experiencing!

  • Ryan Biddulph January 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Christy I love the pictures! They remind me of some of the falls in Northern NJ when they freeze over. Blizzard time now so we’ll so more of this going on but in a week, we’ll be in Jimbaran, Bali…..what a difference a week makes lol. Nice add with the mental health links at the end; if you need assistance, no better place to look, for both inspiration and for a healthy, Eastern style view…..Healing comes from the within, not from the without 😉 Thanks for the inspired share and keep up the great work!!

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  • Amy January 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    These are beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Life Breath Present January 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Lovely, just lovely! 🙂
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  • Rachel January 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Your photos are incredible! Frozen waterfalls seem magical to me.
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  • Jillian In Italy January 28, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Stunning photos! Really, makes me so homesick for a real winter too!

  • Marci January 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Those waterfalls look gorgeous! Would love to visit there sometime.

  • Rea February 8, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Absolutely AMAZING!! Very beautiful!!!
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