Minnehaha Falls in winter


The Magical Minnehaha Falls

I never thought that Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, MN could be more beautiful in the winter than in the summer. A before-sunrise trek to the frozen falls on a gorgeous and cold February morning changed that perception.

Minnehaha Falls, sometimes known as “Laughing Water”, is the most popular city park in Minneapolis. In the summer, the park is a perfect urban escape, offering hiking and bike trails that meander and follow Minnehaha Creek throughout the park. The entire area is typically busy with people.

In the winter, Minnehaha Falls transforms into something magical. As the creek begins freezing in early winter, the water overflows wide into new terrain. Once that freezes over completely, the entire 53 foot tall falls and surrounding area becomes something that one might see in a Peter Jackson movie. I did my best to try and capture that feeling with my camera. A very slick and slightly dangerous hike behind the falls offered the biggest reward. And best of all, there was no one else around at sunrise.

Minnehaha Falls black & white

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls black & white

You can see a few images of Minnehaha Falls in the summer in my Landscape Photography Portfolio.

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2 comments

  1. emily

    wow, gorgeous! the colors are stunning and even more stunning is just knowing that they are natural!

  2. Chad

    yes it is amazing how the frozen minerals light up the ice. thanks for the comment.

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