There was a puddle across the road. Well, more like a stream because it was a puddle on a hill. Then, overnight, the temperature dropped 20 degrees (celsius). In the morning there was a frozen kaleidoscope instead of a puddle. A micro ice-scape world of crystals and sparkles, grasses, clovers and insects.
Of course the camera battery was flashing red – nearly out of juice. So I just got down on my knees and took as many pictures as I could, with no particular regard for composition; but any picture taken into a kaleidoscope would be beautiful. I came up with quite a few that I liked.
There was pure, clear ice over all the formations trapped inside.
A micro skyscraper
These etchings in the ice were also fascinating.
Ice reflects, distorts, and magnifies.
Be sure to click on the images so you can explore them in detail.
This little bug was alive and scrambling around. It must have been quite a feat to survive the night of change.
The different features are amazing. The ice must have frozen fairly slowly to capture all these formations.
More mysterious “etchings”.
A mini cityscape.
An ice cave?
Like shattered glass.
I wish I had a time lapse video of how all this happened.
Another insect seems to have ridden out the freeze.
Here’s a hole. It froze in layers and grew long crystals.
A close up of the hole. Look carefully and you can see a little yellow bug behind the tallest flowery crystal.