Icing

To end the year, a hymn of praise to the beauty of ice, solid water, water that is essential to all life on earth.

We only caught the edge of the big storm that devastated much of the US over Christmas, and by the time it reached us it had turned to rain, lots of rain, 3″per hour at times. The rise in temperature melted some of our existing 17″ of snow, so we had water pouring into our streams and rivers, raising water levels by several feet.

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And then the temperature plummeted. On the surface, at the edges, and everywhere within reach of the spray and the splash the water turned to ice, and then as the water levels fell and drained away from underneath, ice continued to form. And created some of the most beautiful ice formations I have ever seen.

A curtain of ice with the beaver dam behind
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Stalactites fringe the banks
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Pillars form round the tree roots
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Petticoats festoon the branches
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Diamonds pile on the rocks
Christmas baubles everywhere
Chandeliers hang from fallen logs and rocks
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Still water freezes too
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Swirling around the leaves
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pushing up slabs on the pond
On land, glass spheres ward off the evil eye
natural marbles an inch across
and tiny stalagmites accrete around small stalks
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Needle ice* squeezes out of the ground like toothpaste
And the house is also decorated

Thankyou for joining me, and farewell 2022. Welcome 2023. Happy New Year.

PS In the first version of this post I casually, and wrongly, called this “hair ice”. Hair ice is real, but this isn’t it! I posted about actual hair ice a couple of years ago, here https://eyesonthewild.blog/2020/03/30/the-crystalline-spring/

12 thoughts on “Icing”

  1. I am so grateful that you captured all that beauty. Each one unique and you may never see anything like it again. Fascinating and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy happy 2023

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  2. Hair ice is a real thing, but this isn’t it! This is needle ice, and maybe I’ll talk about it more in a later post. Meanwhile, I’ve corrected this post, and included a link to an earlier post about hair ice!

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  3. What a wonderful finale to your 2022 blog-year…such exquisite photos…all so unique…you must have had a wonderful time looking thru your lens(es)! I love the ‘toothpaste’ one…our wonderful and oh, so very special planet…so mind-boggeling. Happy and peaceful ending of 2022 and a healthy and peaceful 2023.

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  4. I can tell you had fun photographing this piece! Such gorgeous pictures. I was trying to capture some like this but mine are no where near the beauty of yours! Happy New Year.

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  5. My reaction is the same as Gloria’s – something you were fortunate to see and probably only once in a lifetime. Lucky you to be there and to be looking. and Lucky us that you captured it and shared. Happy New Year!

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