Montana Outdoors

January 10, 2015

Big icicle

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:13 pm

Although this may look like a “frozen waterfall”, it is really only a very large icicle, formed where a small trickle of water from a cliff top provides, over time, enough volume to freeze and create this 60-foot column. The tiny stream that produces it is not even large enough to be noticeable in summer. In winter it makes a statement of its own.

Waterfall of ice

Waterfall of ice

Waterfall of ice

Waterfall of ice

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  1. Beautiful!

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — January 10, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

  2. Wow! That’s a big ‘un! We have those too off the sides of these PA hills but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one quite that big.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 10, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

    • There are a number of them along the lower Clark Fork river. This is one of the nicest. Interestingly, along the lower Flathead river, only a dozen mile from this one, the big icicles haven’t formed this year even though there is quite a bit of ice on the river.

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

  3. That’s SO beautiful!! Brilliant photos.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 10, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

    • Thanks Jo. They are really pretty things, aren’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

  4. As a child I used to wonder how moving water could freeze like that, but of course, now I know it’s one drop at a time. Beautiful pics.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 10, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    • It would be interesting to study one or more through the course of its life. I suspect there are quite a number of things that go into their formation that have to be just right.

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

  5. Wow! Impressive!

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    Comment by Mother Hen — January 10, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

  6. That’s a big one! I spent this afternoon shooting the same things and I’m wondering if I’ll ever be warm again!
    That rock face looks like it might have been cut by a steam drill back in the late 1800s, judging by the long, straight tool marks. I see that same here.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — January 10, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

    • I think this was cut later than that, perhaps in the 1930’s or 40’s. or maybe a little later than that even. I remember a very narrow dirt road ran through there in the late 40’s and I think this particular cut was made after that to enable the expansion of that little road into a more modern highway. In those days the river was crossed only by an old ferry that sat only inches above the water, and it made a very daunting voyage indeed during the high water of the spring.

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

  7. That second image almost looks like sorbet – good enough to eat.
    Great photos, Terry.

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    Comment by Vicki — January 10, 2015 @ 5:57 pm

    • It does indeed look tasty! Actually, because there is no form of pollution anywhere near the top of that icicle, it probably would be edible.

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

  8. Phenomenal share. This huge icicle really illustrates how little drops of water add up over time.

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    Comment by orples — January 10, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

  9. Wow, wow, wow! These are so beautiful and amazing. Something I would never see here! 🙂

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    Comment by Jane — January 10, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    • Winter here can sometimes be seen as stark cold, but there are many things of beauty that develop. I’ve always been fascinated by these icicles. Sometimes small ones are formed on mountainsides that have small seeps and create what looks like an icicle garden.

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Wow is that tremendous! Excellent photography as usual. Have a wonderful coming week!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 11, 2015 @ 11:24 am

  11. There’s no ice cube in the world that can taste better than a nice, fresh icicle. Yours look like they’re gourmet quality: clear, easy to snap off, without a hint of additives! As you say, the conditions have to be just right, but the conditions look to be pretty good in your neighborhood right now.

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 11, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

    • I can remember eating icicles since way back when I was a kid. They still taste as good!

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      Comment by montucky — January 12, 2015 @ 12:24 am

  12. Pretty amazing, love the intricate structure…Great photo.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — January 11, 2015 @ 9:53 pm

    • Thanks Charlie! I sure enjoy seeing them. It is amazing the beauty that there is in the natural course of things on our planet!

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      Comment by montucky — January 12, 2015 @ 12:27 am

  13. I just remembered eating icicles when I was a kid, too, now that you mention it. That is a very impressive and powerful icicle!

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    Comment by Candace — January 12, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

    • Those are one of the little things about winter that make it enjoyable.

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      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2015 @ 10:38 am

  14. Fantastic photos … Ice formations is something that really fascinates me …
    Where I live , we have ( for Sweden ) a big water fall named Tännforsen … I always try to visit that water fall every winter to look and take photos of its stunning ice formations … // Maria 🙂

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    Comment by mariayarri — January 14, 2015 @ 2:50 am

    • Ice really does add beauty and fascination to winter. Later this winter I plan to visit a waterfall not far from here that always looks nice when it gets iced up.

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

  15. Wow now that’s what I call big! I remember seeing a similar one in the mountains, a few years ago. Quite impressive formations. Great shots!

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    Comment by Lucy — January 14, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    • They are really pretty this time of year. Most years they form on a rock wall near here but this year there are none and I don’t know why.

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

  16. That’s a LOT of frozen water!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 14, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

    • It would be interesting to know the weight of all that ice!

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

  17. Amazing photos. Must be big indeed!

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 15, 2015 @ 4:01 am

    • It exists just for the season, then vanishes until the next very cold winter.

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      Comment by montucky — January 15, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

  18. It’s good to see such a great display from such a little trickle of water as the frigid temperature keeps the water from flowing away.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 22, 2015 @ 5:58 pm

    • It’s surprising to see these things appear in places where water wasn’t at all obvious.

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      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

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