The icy Deschutes River

Slideshow: Bulletin photographer finds beauty in Central Oregon’s frigid temperatures

By Joe Kline / The Bulletin / @joeklinefoto

Published Dec 7, 2013 at 12:01AM / Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 07:09AM

About once a year, it gets cold enough for the Deschutes River to freeze. According to Kyle Gorman of the Oregon Water Resources Department, that happens in the heart of winter, when temperatures dip close to zero at night and remain below freezing during the day for a stretch of time, as it has this week. The river itself takes on a frozen calm. But up close, the ice creates mesmerizing and abstract designs.