Montana Outdoors

December 16, 2008

Ice garden

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:25 pm

Today I visited the area of beaver activity about which I posted a few days ago to see how the severe cold that has settled in has changed the ice. What I found was a complete surprise!

The water in the vicinity of the beaver’s activities has frozen into ice so thick that I was able to jump on it: that I expected. What I didn’t expect was what has appeared on the surface.

This photo shows where the little stream enters the river. Notice the lumpy appearance of the ice in the foreground. There is 2 to 5 feet of water beneath that ice.

Creek and river ice

This photo provides a little closer look at those lumps which at first glance look a little like big spiders, at second glance, like white ferns growing there.

Pond Ice

The rest of the photos are close-ups of individual lumps, which are two to four inches across and at most a half inch in height. When I touched several very gently with my fingertip, they disintegrated completely into “ice dust”, resembling fine snowflakes. I could feel no resistance to my touch and there was no organic material inside them, just very, very fine ice crystals.

Ice figure

Ice figure

Ice figure

Ice figure

Ice figure

Ice figure

Ice figure

Ice figure

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