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:

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

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

Photo of the Week – February 21, 2013

This photo reminds me of something, but I can’t figure out what it is.  Help?

Melting snow around the base of prairie grass.
Melting snow around the base of prairie grass.

The photo shows melting snow crystals around the edge of some prairie grass.  You can’t see the grass because I focused in very closely on the snow crystals, with shadows in the background for contrast.

The “character” on the left is very familiar somehow…