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These are the last of the ice photos that I’ve selected for the blog. Now we’re back in the deep freeze with snow on the way for the weekend so we won’t be seeing more clear ice for a while. A photographer’s opportunities don’t last forever!
Does it seem like there is open water in this picture? You can tell by those trapped bubbles that there is a thin layer of ice there. The water is quite deep here and that ice won’t even hold up our six pound Yorkie. Luckily he seems to understand the danger and sticks to the shore.
Bigger bubbles, frozen at the surface. See that pile of shapes above the rock on the far right? The air was moving away from the rock, under the top layer of ice, and it froze in six stages. It made chambers as it grew, like a baculite does, only these icy sutures are smooth and random.
Spindles and feathers: what makes them grow? Are these the beginnings of the spikes and triangles seen in other pictures?The spindles have frozen sweat, condensed droplets frozen separately against the top layer of ice, along their chilly spines.
Here are more pictures of the ice formations that grew this week after a warm spell. Everywhere were different patterns and shapes, thicknesses of ice, types of crystals and transparency of the ice depending on whether the water had been moving or still, in the afternoon sun or shade, or littered with forest debris when it froze. Come by tomorrow to see more 🙂
It would take some study to figure out exactly what happens in each case. My guess here is that the bubbles formed before the surrounding ice froze, then froze themselves. The blue shadows are intense against the transparent ice.
Why do the triangular crystals rise above depressions? Why do they grow in triangles, with holes in the middle?
Here you can see the clarity of the ice, but also bubbles, fingerprint-like growth lines, frosty edges and the curious, matte freckles.
This pattern reminded me of oak leaves or blunt ended sticks.
More triangles, and this time you can see the hollow centre. There are frosty feathers in this one. Notice how the triangles wander askew, eccentric rather than concentric.
Opalescent shadows. Several of these images are reminiscent of satellite images, or flying over the Canadian Shield in winter.
My magical little ditch rarely disappoints. There’s something about the deep pools of clear water in summer, the kaleidoscope of reflections in fall, and now the minute ice crystal formations in winter. A few days of warmer weather followed by a bit of chill resulted in some amazing creations. All in miniature, these sights take some time and effort to see.
More ice shots tomorrow! And the next day and the next. I took quite a few 🙂