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Ice Forming on Tree Fallen in Creek 9226

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When I spent two hours out in the cold at Great Hills Park on the morning of January 7th, I found that some of the water on the surface of the creek, especially where it met the land, had begun to freeze. It was a sight I hadn’t seen in years, maybe decades, and perhaps never around a fallen tree like this one.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 17, 2014 at 6:57 AM

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  1. It looks a bit like an alligator whose teeth have all gone terribly bad.

    Jim in IA

    January 17, 2014 at 7:18 AM

  2. Très jolie photo avec un beau mélange de couleurs froides et chaudes.


    January 17, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    • Enfin une photo qui pourrait être chez toi, n’est-ce pas? Moi aussi j’aime le mélange de couleurs froides et chaudes, pourtant mon corps n’a pas aimé le froid.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 17, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      • Je suis surprise de voir une telle photo chez toi. Je me suis habituée à voir le soleil et la chaleur sur ton blog 😉


        January 17, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        • Les gelées sont peu fréquentes à Austin, alors j’ai profité de celle-ci. Je montrerai encore deux photos de ce jour-là.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

  3. Until this week, it’s been quite a cold winter for us, hasn’t it?

    Mind Margins

    January 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    • Yes it has. For the most part I haven’t been tempted to go out photographing much since mid-December, but the sustained freeze during those couple of days in early January offered a chance for something I rarely get to see here: ice and icicles. I have the impression that snow and ice are a little more common where you are, 200 miles north of here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      • Just a little. We have a few mornings a year when water freezes outside, but not many. This past December was the coldest December I can ever remember in Dallas. January seems to be more normal, so far.

        Mind Margins

        January 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        • Ditto here for what you said about December and so far January. Temperatures are about normal now, but because of the earlier cold I haven’t seen a single wildflower for a month. (On the other hand, I haven’t been out much, so there could be a few.)

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

  4. Ice patterns are stunning, and you’ve got a beauty here. But we could all do without the cold that comes with them, I suspect!

    Susan Scheid

    January 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    • That’s what led me south from your part of the world, where I grew up, to my current part of the world, where I’m still growing up, but doing so more warmly. Because ice and snow are so rare here, I push myself to go out in the cold and take pictures of those things when they do happen.

      I was just reminded that even when I was a kid on Long Island in the 1950s and 60s, plenty of people (including our next-door neighbors) were already retiring to Florida to get away from the cold.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

  5. Les couleurs sont magnifiques mais cela me fait froid dans le dos…
    Je me demande si j’étais venue te souhaiter mes meilleurs voeux… merci pour les tiens et je te souhaite plein de bonnes choses pour 2014 pour toi et les tiens et aussi de belles rencontres photographiques. Tes photos me font toujours rêver!


    January 18, 2014 at 5:33 AM

  6. Watching crystals form is so interesting – and a cold pastime. I’m so glad you sacrificed for us. This is a wonderful Texas-winter photo. I especially like the shine of the ice along the top of the log, and the leaves under the surface of the water. The adobe and turquoise combination gives the photo a warmth that’s surprising, given its subject matter.


    January 18, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    • A sacrifice it was: when I got back home the sole of my left foot felt like there was a lump under the skin, and the strangeness didn’t go away for at least half an hour.

      I was happy to have ice on the top of the log because that slick surface captured some blue from above, even though the place where the tree had fallen was mostly in shade. I said blue, but I like your use of turquoise. As for adobe, it was the only warmth I got out there that morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

  7. Such an interesting photo, I saw a crocodile looking very menacing as it glides in for the kill.


    January 20, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    • Your crocodile joins Jim’s alligator and my whale. The only real menace was the one I faced from standing in cold water and hoping none would slosh over into the tops of my boots.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM

  8. Extraordinary how ice forms sometime – like an exotic crystal. Beautiful image


    January 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    • Thanks, Andy. This sort of thing must be a familiar sight for you in the U.K., but it’s uncommon in central Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

  9. […] formed at the tip of a slender branch. Previously posted pictures from that wintry session showed ice forming around a fallen tree and icicles hanging from a […]

  10. […] of January 7th, it was to find “conventional” ice formations like the icicles and freezing creek you’ve already seen here and that many of you know so well from living in places with cold […]

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