Micro Icescapes

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.

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There was pure, clear ice over all the formations trapped inside.

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A micro skyscraper

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These etchings in the ice were also fascinating.

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Ice reflects, distorts, and magnifies.

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Be sure to click on the images so you can explore them in detail.

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This little bug was alive and scrambling around. It must have been quite a feat to survive the night of change.

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The different features are amazing. The ice must have frozen fairly slowly to capture all these formations.

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More mysterious “etchings”.

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A mini cityscape.

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An ice cave?

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Like shattered glass.

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I wish I had a time lapse video of how all this happened.

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Another insect seems to have ridden out the freeze.

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Here’s a hole. It froze in layers and grew long crystals.

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A close up of the hole. Look carefully and you can see a little yellow bug behind the tallest flowery crystal.

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Mesmerizing.