Every hike along this small creek varies from the recent weather, the weather of the day and probably from my mood too.
Small creeks hold just as much enjoyment and intrigue as larger ones.
Rippling water created constantly changing patterns of light and shadow.
This creek has more than its share of petrified wood for some reason. Petrified wood always fascinates me that wood became stone through a loooong process.
Green algae made quite a contrast with drab colors of winter.
I just paused and took it all in before
going in closer to photograph falling water
and ice formations.
As you can tell, movement of light and shadows fascinate me.
As do bubbles. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but each bubble I photograph had my reflection on it.
A thin layer of clear ice covered a shallow pool off to the side of the creek.
It’s obvious why artists use nature for inspiration.
The creek on my rural property was a mixture of running water, frozen and freezing ice.
The darker areas had water touching the ice underneath.
Air filled the light areas.
I’m sure the explanation for these shapes would be too complicated for an artistic mind.
The sequence of next 6 pictures was taken in two minutes.
The light areas were light because air filled the void below the ice.
The whole surface was frozen. Air would rush under the ice in spidering directions.
First here and then there. Obviously, the water level was slowly dropping.
Sometimes small areas turned white; other times much larger areas.
This whole area was about three feet square.
The arrow shows where the original opening was.
The word amazing came to mine.
The red color of these teeny moss spore capsules caught my attetnion.
The teeny ice “crystals” didn’t show until the picture was in the computer.
A miniature magical garden …
One of my absolute favorite things is designs in ice.
So, I just had to stop and investigate this ice. We had an accumulation of water from melting of 20 inches of snow, followed by heavy rains, then freezing tempatures.
The water gradually went down and left designs in the forming ice.
All these designs were small.
These are a few of the reasons I like ice and water.
Reflections make pretty pictures.
Patterns in ice create interesting designs of light and shadow.
This ice curiosity formed in a cavity not 3 inches across.
Tumbling water rolled over on itself, trapped air and bubbles resulted.
Rippling water cast yellow-rimmed shadows on the rocks below.
Add the sound of running water to all this, and it explains why I’m drawn to rocky creeks.
Ice can freeze in endless combinations of shapes and designs.
I expected to find ice covering sections of a small creek, because temperatures remained below freezing the last 2 days and in the teens at night. The water meandered over the small rocky creek bed. Its flow increased in narrow sections where it dropped more, and slowed where it spread out pool-like in wider areas.
Ice formed in the calmer areas, and there it remained clear because water still touched the bottom of it. The current caused ripples to form in the ice, and these left shadow lines on the rocks below. Sunlight hitting the thinner valleys cast the yellowish lines. The shadows and highlights in the ice followed the contours of the rocks below.
Rocks and sticks at or near the surface created ripples in the narrow areas. Here the ripples cast yellow-rimmed shadows on the rocks below.
Water and ice can be so fascinating.