Rise and fall – Waterfall at first light 

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This frozen waterfall looks stunning as the sun rises.

Chad Rieder, a web developer and photographer, made his way to Minnesota’s Minnehaha Falls before sunrise to capture the scene.

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As the sun slowly rose, the light shone directly onto the frozen waterfall, casting a deep blue light on the rocks behind.

With the water completely still, Chad was able to slip through a small gap in the ice and into the cave behind.

From there, he captured the glow as the sun rose and became ever more intense.

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Chad, 41, said: “I trek to the falls several times a year knowing it is always changing. It’s a great experience every time. It has a calming presence.

“On this cold morning the forecast was for clear skies and I knew the bright sun was going to hit the face of the ice directly at sunrise.

“I planned ahead and the results were spectacular.

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“They have gotten a great response on social media. People outside of Minnesota are fascinated and stunned by the beauty.

“I’m drawn to symmetry in nature, and I like photos that have a unique perspective.”