Ice patterns

A small section of an icy brook:

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The ice on the surface of the brook formed, melted somewhat during the day, and froze again at night. The second freeze created the fine crystals.

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10 thoughts on “Ice patterns

  1. After I read that a longer process formed this, I could see places where smooth curves of ice showed signs of melting. Those fine, hair-like crystals are extraordinary. Looking at the almost-horizontal set in the middle, I can see grasses or reeds along a pond edge.

    • Thanks, Linda. I found this patch at the end of my walk, after seeing a lot of uninteresting patches of ice – it was a joy to find these crossing patterns and fine hair-like crystals.

    • The section is a couple of inches across. The hairlike crystals are something I’m used to seeing when stream ice refreezes with temps around 15deg F. There’s flowing water underneath the open areas.

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