Sunday, January 17, 2010

More Ice Photos



A few more photos from the early January deep freeze before moving on to something else. These photos were taken on January 8, 2010. This one shows a leaf encased in one of the ice flows on the bluffs below our house.




Icicles on the waterfall below our house. Unfortunately, our house is on the same level as the top of the waterfall so it cannot be seen from the house. We must climb down into the ravine to view.




Water seeping into the overhang behind the waterfall formed icicles too.




Water seeping out of the bluffs above the creek froze and formed its own icicles and ice flows.

But now all the ice is gone, except for a few of the largest ice flows along the bluff. During the first several days of thawing, I often heard icicles crashing down into the creek bed as they melted and came loose from the rocks.

Today is sunny and the temperature is predicted to climb up into the lower fifties. There are no below freezing temperatures in our immediate forecast.


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25 comments:

Wren said...

Ice is so beautiful to look at in photos, and so destructive in real life! I'm glad you're having warmer weather for safety's sake.

The first photo, the frozen leaf, is fabulous.

Dave said...

Marvin, it looked colder there then it did her in Alaska. I'm glad you're warming up.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Love these ice flow photos. We got out this a.m. thinking there would be open water for waterfowl in our area. Not yet. Geez. They ponds must really have been frozen solid. The only thing we found thawed were the back roads. YUCK.

Hugh said...

How gently spectacular!

Kenneth Ramos said...

Some very interesting photos you have shown there Marvin. It must be great to have all that at your disposal when ever you want it. For me I have to travel hours just to get to places like that (sigh*).

fotoshooter43 said...

These are awesome!!

ramblingwoods.com said...

The 50's..It was finally in the 30's here in NY and I was able to be out for a couple of hours..Lovely photos of the ice..I took many and didn't get any that I liked..Hope you stay warm now Marvin..Michelle

Marvin said...

Wren: Thank you. I too am glad we've returned to my typical wintertime temperatures.

Dave: I think you're right. Our temps fell as low as 5°F overnight and we spent several days in a row with below freezing temperatures -- even with the sun shining.

Lisa: Jo, I and the dogs took a long walk in the woods today and found several small ponds still had a partial ice covering. Nothing in our immediate area is large enough to attract overwintering waterfowl though. We don't even want to talk about the condition of the dirt roads.

Hugh: Hearing the icicles and ice flows crashing into the creek bed was bittersweet. Returning to normal was good, but still sorry to know the beauty of the ice was disappearing.

Ken: Sorry for your urban confinement. Being able to take short breaks from working in my shop by walking into the woods is nice, though I must admit that too many of those breaks don't end up being as short as I'd intended.

LeeAnn: Thank you.

jeannette stgermain said...

That frozen waterfall was really worth photographing! (hope you also got some macro pics from that?)
Isn't this called the Mid West? Looks like somewhere close to Alaska! When we lived in Springfield, MO, I can't remember that it could get so cold there (but maybe I was too much with my nose in the books to notice :) )

Kerri said...

Gorgeous ice photos! LOVE the one of the leaf encrusted in the ice!

Crafty Green Poet said...

wonderful icy photos!

KaHolly said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Marvin said...

Jeannette: I'm a hundred miles or so south of Springfield, MO. Either you were lucky while living there or else you really did have your nose buried too deeply in books to notice. At least that kept your nose warm.

Kerri, Juliet and KaHolly: Thank you for visiting. I'm glad y'all enjoyed the photos.

Marvin said...

Michelle: If nothing else, Ozark winters provide a lot of variety and temperature fluctuations.

AphotoAday said...

Hey Marvin -- Fascinating photos! How about next year adding a little sweetener and flavoring to the water just before it freezes -- you could have a popsicle party!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Really stunning Marvin, but too darn cold for me thanks. :)

Marvin said...

Yeah, Don, either a Popsicle party or a punk landscape.

Marvin said...

I hear you, Joan. When it's that cold I probably waste an extra thirty minutes per day just putting on and then taking off additional clothing.

Lana Gramlich said...

I remember a January night in Canada, when I went for a solitary hike under a starry sky. I heard crystalline, crashing noises all around. At first it was a little freaky, but once I realized it was ice falling from the trees, it became the most wonderful symphony...

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Gosh, that just looks super cold, Marvin.

Marvin said...

Lana: Your experience sounds really neat, but the crashes I was hearing were more like minor fender benders.

Abe: It was cold, but today it's so warm we're having thunderstorms. Weather!

birdy said...

Thanks for sharing these amazing captures. The ice crystals are looking like some great art work.

Marvin said...

Thanks for your visit, Birdy.

TSannie said...

That's just beautiful.

Marvin said...

Thanks, Ann. It was, indeed, beautiful, but by the end I was more than ready for the super cold temperatures (for here) to moderate.