The Windchill is 15 Below! Let's Go Fishing!

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The Wind Chill is 15 Below! Let's Go Fishing!



Last weekend, I drove out to Tarryall Reservoir. While I have spent much time in the Tarryall Valley, I had never gone as far as the reservoir. So, since the weather folks said the day would be fair, (they lied), I went. On the way, I hit a snow storm, and almost turned back, but luckily it was short lived. The cold, however was NOT. By the time I got to the reservoir, it was a balmy 23 degrees, and the wind was blowing like it was it's last chance.

Now, help me out here. This is something I just don't get. When the weather is so bitter, and you want to eat fish, why not just go to the grocery store and buy it?

With the news full of stories of record low temperatures, 30 to 40 degrees lower than normal over 35% of the country, and death after death is being attributed to the cold, why hang out on a frozen body of water with a hole in it, fishing pole and beer in hand? (OK, maybe it was hot chocolate....) Is it just a 'man' thing, or what?  LOL

I was only able to be outside of the car for 4 or 5 minutes at a time to take these photographs.

Ice Fishing on Tarryall Reservoir

The wind was blowing snow like crazy, creating drifts across the reservoir.

Snow Drifts on Tarryall Reservoir

Large chunks of ice had formed and stood alongside the edges of the reservoir.

Ice Chunks on Tarryall Reservoir

And it looked like more snow was on it's way from the northwest. 

Storm Coming From The West, at Tarryall Reservoir


 Fishing? No. Not for me:)




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Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Charles -  Even the manatees are complaining! Poor critters!

OK, Myrl - Book it for two - I'll meet you at the airport!


Jan 10, 2010 05:40 AM #22
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Debi, I am good with grocery stores!!
Jan 10, 2010 05:46 AM #23
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Debi:

I love to fish...but not in that weather!

I have a hard enough time just going to the grocery store or fish market in this weather...

Jan 10, 2010 05:59 AM #24
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

At least it keeps to fish fresh =)
Your friend in the great NW,

Jan 10, 2010 05:59 AM #25
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Debi, gorgeous photos! Those blues can give you a chill!  Ice fishing is for die hard fishermen!

Jan 10, 2010 06:11 AM #26
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Debi, nice photos!  I went ice fishing once, that was enough!  The thermometer froze at 15 below zero, before the wind chill was factored into the equation, then the ice would make popping noises as you walked across it.  I kept expecting the ice to break.  I don't like fishing that much to put up with that! 

Jan 10, 2010 07:51 AM #27
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

I'm with you Debi - makes no sense to me either. Although it always looks pretty interesting in the movies and your photos are great. Sounds like something only a bunch of men would do to get out of the house :)

Jan 10, 2010 09:41 AM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I prefer to see sights like this through photos like yours, not be there in person!  It's the fish market for me, thank you!

Jan 10, 2010 10:48 AM #29
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Gary - you and me both! LOL

Toula - Me too! When it's bitter - I go happily go without!

Paul - yes - There's that....How do those little suckers avoid freezing under there? Is their blood temperature somewhere around 150 degrees?

 Silvia - Diehard something... LOL

Tony and Darcy - I have to agree - Id be scared to death! (I'd rather play with wolves....)

Carol - They must want out pretty bad! LOL

Sharon - Me too!!!!!!

Thank you all for visiting!!!!




Jan 10, 2010 12:01 PM #30
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Debi - Congratulations on being brave enough to take these photos in that deep freeze. Nothing stands between you and a good photo op! I'll stop complaining about our Florida cold snap now :-)

Jan 10, 2010 01:12 PM #31
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

i Deb, A very nice story contained herein. 4 or 5 minutes at a time? WOW, that is cold. I am afraid that in that amount of time I would still be fumbling trying to get the lens cap off. The photos speak for themselves. Beautiful and if  had the opportunity, I think these photos were certainly worth the effort. The last photo would also make a great personal Christmas card.

I never did ask you this. Do you take your photos in RAW format? Do you also have a quick way (software) to add your name on them?

Jan 10, 2010 06:00 PM #32
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi John - Like I told my Mom, in San Diego - I don't want to hear about YOUR cold! LOL (Brave or nuts, could go either way!)

Hi William, Yes, funny you should ask that question now! It is after 1 AM, and I just finished writing a post about shooting in RAW. I plan to post it soon, have one before that to post tomorrow. Look for it in the next day or two - I have a little tweaking to do.

And I create a brush in Photoshop for my signature  - I posted a tutorial on that awhile back. Here it is:

How to Create a Signature Brush in Photoshop


Thanks for visiting, guys!

Jan 10, 2010 06:12 PM #33
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I know some folks go ice fishing this time of year but not this guy. I admire you for braving the cold to take this photos...

Jan 10, 2010 07:46 PM #34
Connie Smith
The Smith Group, Keller Williams Realty Success - Littleton, CO

Hi Debi,

Gorgeous pictures!  I agree - go to the store people!!! We go to Grand County alot (must take pictures) and I see the same thing.  Brrrrrr.  But they love it!  I love seeing it but give me 60 degrees!  Thanks for the post. 

Jan 11, 2010 12:34 AM #35
Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. - Naples, FL

Debi, your photos are how I like to experience winter!  During my time in northern Wisconsin, I did ski, curl and go sleding and tobogganing, but I never understood the ice fishermen.

Jan 11, 2010 01:08 AM #36
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Michael - Great minds think alike, LOL

Hello Connie - I'll take 60 dehrees right now! I'll evevn PAY for it!

Hello Marlene - Must be a special set,  or breakdown.... LOL

Thanks for stopping by!


Jan 11, 2010 01:59 AM #37
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Well, Debi - I have to agree, Ice fishing is seldom understood by most, I was going to do a post on it myself, but I see you beat me to it :-)  Usually the fisherman can catch a lot of fish --the fish are hingry, and it's they say :-)


I missed this earlier, congratulations on being a featured member in the Newsletter!

Jan 11, 2010 07:38 AM #38
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hey Mary! Thank you!!!! It was a great surprise! As to ice fishing - Sorry about that! LOL We must be on the same wave length :)  Write your post anyway - you are a terrific writer, and will have a different perspective, I'm sure :)


Jan 11, 2010 10:38 AM #39
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Who is the one who has the problem? The people fishing in -15 degree weather or the person taking the pictures of the people fishing in -15 degree weather. (LOL)

Mar 08, 2010 04:12 AM #40
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Todd - Hmmmm. Good point! LOL

Mar 09, 2010 03:31 PM #41
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