Posts Tagged ‘ice’

Colors of Winter

Ice and freezing rain can have surprising results …

and more surprising results.

There’s intricate designs,

a frozen icicle in a stick cage

and lots of sparkles.

 

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Early Chrystaline Morning

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The sunrise recently turned the icy morning crystalline.

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The two tree trunks are from two different trees. They are such a curiosity and are where I can easily see them from the computer. There’s actually at least ten feet between the two where they appear to meet near the top.

The ice effects only lasted a short time.

What a Difference Three Days Make

Strong winds, hours of heavy snow and dropping temperatures created dramatic results

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that could be enjoyed from the picture window by my computer. (Jan 10)

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The large hackberry tree added an interesting background for some pictures.

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Ice on the window created a variety of designs

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for dramatic pictures.

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All that remains now are the icicles hanging from the gutter.

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 And then a sunny day today (January 14) the temperature rises to 57 degrees.

Buffy and I walked a loop of the backyard. She investigated along the side of the barn until the the fox let her know she wasn’t wanted there. With the wind, she actually smelled up about half of the back-back of our yard.

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I walked right up to a crawdad mound. The hole was open, and I could see water down in there.

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The dandelion flower stood out! All other colors were winter-dull.

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Dandelion flowerheads are actually made of many yellow ray flowers. They have five tiny petals, and both male and female parts.

Fascination With Water

Water has many “faces.”

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The mirror for a spring day.

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Ripples roll yellow-rimmed shadows, like a spilled bag of marbles.

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An abstract shadow of the floating leaf.

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Look close — there’s the yellow-rimmed shadows. There’s also faint surface reflections of sky and trees near the bank.

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Sky reflections show water movement and faint designs of nearby objects.

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Every tiny bubble reflects the same view of above.

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Larger bubbles become a “lens” that distorts the circular view around it.

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The water’s surface … a Monet painting?

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Ice formed into the shape of either a bell or a hat.

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The surface of the water freezes. Lines form as the water level gradually drops, and the ice continues to form only where the water touches it.

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I have no idea how this ice formed. It had to be magic.

An Ice Character

This ice character looks like royalty from …

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an ancient civilization, a visitor from a different planet, or even one from another universe.

Ice obviously takes on many forms besides icicles and frozen surfaces.

Ice Personalities

Who knew ice had a sense of humor?

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Ice first formed on the water. As the water level dropped, the ice continued forming on the areas underneath that were still touching the water. Air filled the areas not touching it. The ice kept freezing, getting thicker, designs forming and changing. This would continue until there was either no water underneath or the ice melted.

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This figure looks like it was parachuting and was a little worried about the outcome.

Maybe it was an alien parachuting to earth.

The Magic of Ice, Part 2

The ice’s imagination has no bounds.

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I wonder if the creatures were involved in the designing?

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It’s like magic happened overnight.

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Will this life form swim away?

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The myriad of designs in this section of the creek would be beyond comprehension without the picture.

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Obviously, there are endless possibilities for ice compositions.

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I think I walked up on a secret meeting of the ice spirits.

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The characters and shapes in the ice differ with each freeze.

That’s why I always make an effort to visit this small creek when the conditions are right for ice.

… I wonder if they enjoyed me as much as I enjoyed them?