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IN THE FIELD: Brrrrr It’s Cold Outside

Winter is here for sure. We had a light dusting of snow this morning and the temperature will not get out of the 20’s. The wind is gusting to 40 mph and the wind chills are somewhere near…well, let’s just say it’s a bit brisk. Since it is the winter season, I thought a photo reminding me of warmer times would be a nice treat, and this waterfall scene fits the bill.

My wife and I had been to this location several times for picnics and hiking and photo excursions, but on this day I had something else planned.

It was a beautiful warm summer day and the conditions for photography were just about perfect. We got some shots of the falls and then ventured downstream to photograph the water tumbling over the rocks in the stream bed.

We took our shoes off, clambered onto some larger rocks to sit and cool our feet in the mountain stream. We sat there for a while listening to the sound of the water and enjoyed the woodland surroundings. The air was refreshing with a light mist from the falls and the wild rhododendron bushes were in bloom, covering the banks of the stream.

We agreed this was one of the prettiest places we had visited together. I decided this would be the perfect time for my surprise. So, I pulled this little velvet box that you get from a fancy jewelry store out of my pocket, opened it, and asked her if she would like to spend the rest of our lives together. She looked at the “sparkly” resting in the box, and almost fell off her rock.

She told me later that she had an idea I was going to ask her to marry me soon…just not when she was teetering on a rock in the middle of a cold mountain stream.

This waterfall is named Silver Thread Falls and it is located in the lush woodlands of northeastern Pennsylvania.


  1. January 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Awwwwwwwwwwww! Beautiful picture and such a sweet story. You romantic thing you.

  2. January 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Wow! That’s quite a proposal and beautifully told.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Jennifer, she had no idea…thought we were just out taking photos…heh heh heh.

  3. Steve
    January 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Gorgeous shot David, and the perfect place for a proposal! Cheers!

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Thanks Steve, it sure is pretty there and I figured it would be a good spot to surprise her!

  4. January 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Beautiful photo and beautiful story. 🙂

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Bob, I completely caught her off guard.

  5. January 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Ah, what a great story, David. 🙂 And a beautiful photo too.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Katie, pretty sneaky on my part huh…

  6. Jo Woolf
    January 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

    How beautiful!

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

      It really is one of the prettiest spots we have been to. Late spring/early summer is gorgeous!

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  8. Nandini
    January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful story, David. Definitely a smile-bringer, obviously! 🙂 It’s a great photo, the coolness in it is clearly visible. It must have been the prettiest day in the prettiest place. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Nandini, sometimes in the summer it’s so cool there, a shirt with long sleeves is handy! It was beautiful day!

  9. January 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    How lovely to find a wonderful image from a warmer season and a special day in your life 🙂

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Meanderer, it’s an older photo but it has always been one of our favorites!

  10. January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful waterfall…it looks peaceful. Such a wonderful place for a proposal!

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Fergie, it sure is a special place. The only sounds are of the water and birds in the woods!

  11. January 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    A lovely story, glad she maintained her balance!
    The place looks idyllic.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Karen, she really did almost fall off the rock! The weather conditions in the photo are quite a bit different than what it is like outside now…wind chills in the single digits!

  12. January 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    awww so sweet 🙂 And a great place for a picnic 😀 Beautiful waterfall, beautiful picture!!!! 🙂

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Kristina, it really is a great spot to spend a few hours!

  13. January 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    A beautiful photo and a beautiful story! Though I have to admit that reading about your wading in the stream made me shiver. It’s very cold here today, too!

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Lee, I felt it would be nice to see something from the warm seasons since we are in a freeze down here. The wind chill was down to minus 5 this morning! brrrr

  14. January 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    When i saw the titlethen thepicture, I thought, “Yea, right!” then saw it in the context it was meant. Love the story of your proposal, sweet story and one that will give you pleasant memories and a chuckle for years tocome. Lovely spot.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hah fooled ya! It has been bitterly cold here the last few days so I thought a photo of summertime might just fit the bill. Yes it really is a nice place…lush would describe it well.

  15. January 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    What a beautiful photograph and what a nice writing in romance… I loved so much. Thank you dear David, Have a nice day, with my love, nia

    • January 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Nia, it is a beautiful place…it was a good day!

  16. January 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Wonderful story David! And that place just looks magical, I can understand why you picked that spot to propose 🙂

    • January 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Gracie, ya know…magical is a great way to describe it! Yeah, I’m such a romantic…

  17. January 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, David – a beautiful and peaceful place, and what great memories. Happy New Year!

  18. sarahloub
    January 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I want to go there! Just lovely! And definitely a great site for a sweet proposal.

    • January 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Hi Sarah, the falls are in the Dingmans Falls area of the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania.

  19. January 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Thank You, it sure is pretty there. We have the photo hanging just outside the kitchen so we see it everyday! And Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

  20. January 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Beautiful photo and GREAT engagement story!

  21. January 8, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Hey John, I completely caught her by surprise, and we still laugh about how she almost fell off the rock!

  22. January 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    What a beautiful and special place for that occasion! Perfect!

    • January 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

      It sure is a pretty spot and it is hardly visited by the hoards of tourists so it is way more peaceful than some of the other falls in the area!

  23. January 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    How wonderful to have such a gorgeous photo to complement such a touching and memorable story!

    • January 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Thank you Tricia, this is one of the lesser known falls in the area…some of the others are giant tourist traps complete with the fiberglass Yogi Bears and all the other typical Pocono region attractions.

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