Ice Patterns

The melting and freezing of water can sure create beauty.  During the last week, I’ve spent several days at our prairie cutting trees and playing with my kids.  The wetland on the property is frozen enough for ice skating, but warm days/cold nights have allowed some thawing and freezing along the edges.  That, in turn, has created some wonderful patterns in the ice.  Here are a few of them.

Patterns in ice.  Helzer prairie pond, near Stockham, Nebraska.

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Patterns in ice.  Helzer prairie pond, near Stockham, Nebraska.

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Patterns in ice.  Helzer prairie pond, near Stockham, Nebraska.

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Patterns in ice.  Helzer prairie pond, near Stockham, Nebraska..

ice pattern on the pond.  Helzer farm.

If you like this kind of ice pattern, you might also like similar photos from these two older posts:

http://prairieecologist.com/2012/02/03/photo-of-the-week-february-3-2012/

http://prairieecologist.com/2010/12/14/a-pleasant-winter-morning-in-a-prairie-wetland/

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is an ecologist and Eastern Nebraska Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. He supervises the management and restoration of approximately 4,000 acres of land in central and eastern Nebraska - primarily along the central Platte River. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press.
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5 Responses to Ice Patterns

  1. Nate Walker says:

    Great pictures!! I especially love the little glint of light in the center left of the last picture. Beautiful!!

  2. kismet20 says:

    As always you brought beauty to my life this morning. Thanks!

  3. Ann Bleed says:

    Happy new year Chris. You helped me start 2014 on the right foot.

    Ann

    Sent from my iPhone

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