Crazed

That’s how this ice froze, crazed.

Crazed

I have seen some glass that resembles this ice. Maybe it would be nice to have in a French door between interior rooms. But would it really give the same feeling of wonder as seeing how the water froze over night?

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All Crystals & Glitter

Originally the pond was iced over in a smooth sheet, which then was dusted with glittery snow.

All Crystals & Glitter

Bridger and his cousin broke the ice near the edge of the pond, thinking they might fish. The edge re-froze in these wonderfully organic crystalline patterns 🙂

Shifty

Yes, this is the same flower as yesterday’s post. As I moved, my eye caught the flash of the sun flare through the frost crystals, so I took another image.

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Just a little shift in camera position caught this sun flare - February 2012

It is also slightly darker, showing the detail a little more clearly in the white frost.

I am always of two minds when I have several photos I like of the same subject; should I show more than one? Or should I choose one and show only the one? What do you think?

Candied?

This tiny flower appeared to have been coated in sugar crystals.

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Sweet Little Crystallized Flower - February 6, 2012

I loved the colorful spots of sunlight refracted through the ice crystals!

I also remembered why I usually go out before I am showered and dressed for work… I went back in the house with wet, muddy elbows and knees, having only just remembered not to flop down flat on my belly to get the best angle.

Pond on a Cold Morning

Don’t you just love these ice crystals growing between logs in the pond? Crystals are endlessly fascinating, whether these common but evanescent* ice crystals or the incredibly huge, unimaginably ancient gypsum crystals in the Mexican Cueva de los Cristales: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/photogalleries/giant-crystals-cave/ *Evanescent – Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Oh, how I love finding the perfect word, one that expresses exactly what I wanted to say as economically as possible! 🙂

Pond Crystals

Hmm, ice crystals grow relatively quickly at temperatures of around 32 degrees F, while the gypsum crystals formed incredibly slowly (over millennia) at around 136 degrees F.