We’ve had a very welcomed cold snap for the past few days up here in Maine. For a while there, I was getting nervous. We had a fairly warm November, then a cold week somewhere between then and now, followed by a fairly warm December. Our lake isn’t even frozen yet. Compared to last year, this winter is nothing. Of course, now that I said that, we’ll get blizzard after blizzard for the duration. At least we’d have some snow so all the snowmobile riders can get out of the house.
Up until a few days ago, the stream at the side of our property was running like it always does. No ice. Then, as the cold air pushed in, the stream began freezing up. And as I poked around the area a bit yesterday, I discovered some interesting ice formations. It’s weird when running water freezes. It sort of freezes, then runs over itself and freezes again. It does this until the ice is thick enough to hold all the running water underneath. At least, that’s what I can make of things.
I brought the camera outside this morning to grab some pictures of what’s going on. I guess this one describes it most clearly:
Frozen Stream With Running Water Underneath
That’s the furthest shot I kept. Anything further than that didn’t really come out all too well.
After a while, I started to look more closely at the ice and decided that up close was a heck of a lot cooler than far away. That’s when I took a whole slew more photos. Out of everything, I kept these four. A little taste of what’s shaping up to be a (hopefully) cold winter.
Small Ice Shelf in Stream
Side View of Surface Ice Over Running Stream
Tiny Icicles Touching Running Water
Lumpy Ice Growth in Running Stream
UPDATE: The above pictures were taken from the upper part of the stream, near the house. Later on in the afternoon, Laura and I went on a hike to the back of the property and took more photos. Below are the best ones.
Water Dripping From Ice
Ice Covered Branches
Ice in Mid-Air
River Running Under Ice
Water Running Under Ice