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Icicle delights

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One highlight of my foray into Great Hills Park on February 16th was icicles, which our normally mild winters seldom produce. The ones shown here formed on a bank of the park’s main creek in an area called Potter’s Place, which is named after geologist Eric Potter, who carried out many projects in the park. It’s hard to believe how different this stretch of the creek looks in a rainy spring.

In some of my pictures I played up the icicles’ reflections in the water.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 21, 2021 at 4:30 AM

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  1. These icicles are fabulous!

    Ms. Liz

    February 21, 2021 at 4:39 AM

    • Yes, I was thrilled when I saw all the icicles adorning this secluded little cove along the creek.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 6:18 AM

  2. They are spectacular!

    Ann Mackay

    February 21, 2021 at 4:58 AM

    • Spectacular is no exaggeration. I doubt I’ll ever see that place looking this way again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 6:20 AM

      • I’m glad you were able to get out to see it and photograph it – a chance not to be missed!

        Ann Mackay

        February 21, 2021 at 11:03 AM

        • Definitely; that’s why I returned two days later and then two days after that for another couple of hours apiece.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 21, 2021 at 11:12 AM

  3. Beautiful photos!

    Jonatan Cuadrado

    February 21, 2021 at 6:16 AM

  4. Love the ripple effect in the reflection in the second image. Just beautiful.

    texasflashdude

    February 21, 2021 at 7:58 AM

    • Thanks. I’ve long been a fan of reflections and was glad to have an unaccustomed subject doing the reflecting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 8:13 AM

  5. I love the top image. It’s beautiful!!

    circadianreflections

    February 21, 2021 at 8:06 AM

  6. What a delight to see these icicles with their reflections in the water! Even though they are the result of a disaster, one can still admire their beauty.

    Peter Klopp

    February 21, 2021 at 8:22 AM

  7. I’ve sometimes seen little icicles forming along the road cuts in the hill country, but I’ve never seen anything as impressive as these. The reflections in the second image are especially pleasing, although I do like that broader view, too. You not only got much more snow than we did, you got terrific ice (aesthetically speaking, of course).

    shoreacres

    February 21, 2021 at 8:33 AM

    • Large icicles had formed on several vertical portions of the creek bank. Because I worked my way only so far into the park (fallen trees blocked the trails in some places), there could have been even more. Not wanting to waste the rare chance for pictures, I returned two days later and again yesterday. Now I’m the Icicle King, photographically speaking. I don’t know how many I’ll be able to get away with showing before people get bored, but I’ll definitely be showing more ice and snow—speaking of which, we got 6.5 inches of the latter.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 9:33 AM

  8. Wow! Icicles aren’t just for roofs–who knew? Love these shots, Steve, stunning with the reflections in the water.

    Tina

    February 21, 2021 at 8:33 AM

    • Not at all just for roofs, though I photographed some of the ones that had formed on our rain gutters as well as the large ones in the park. I first paid attention to the broad array of icicles, then noticed that the reflections presented possibilities, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 9:47 AM

  9. Just now I’m happy to see icicles on pictures only! 😉

    Pit

    February 21, 2021 at 9:35 AM

    • As much damage as the weather caused, I’m still sorry to look outside now and see that the icicles that made our rain gutters so attractive for a week have all melted.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 9:48 AM

  10. Quite a difference from the covering of maidenhair ferns to icicles! Nice capture and comparison.

    Lavinia Ross

    February 21, 2021 at 3:54 PM

  11. Hoping that you and yours are staying safe and well, Steve.

    Johnny Crabcakes

    February 21, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    • Thanks for your concern. We had a rough week beginning with the ice storm on February 12 but things are better now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 6:02 PM

  12. Great images, Steve. A rare sight there, I imagine.

    Eliza Waters

    February 21, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    • You said it. I spent a total of maybe six hours on three visits to take advantage of the rare ice and snow, with particular emphasis on icicles.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 6:20 PM

      • It is pretty addicting, isn’t it? When we get a stretch of cold weather here, its ephemeral nature drives one to get out and capture it before it melts, changes or in our case, gets covered by fresh snow.

        Eliza Waters

        February 21, 2021 at 6:39 PM

        • Addicting it is. And we had the rare occurrence of an ice storm followed by half a foot of snow followed by more ice. I really pushed myself physically, twice walking two miles over icy ground.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 21, 2021 at 8:51 PM

  13. Oh, I love the rippley reflections! Very cool.

    Steve Gingold

    February 22, 2021 at 4:58 PM

    • Good. I’m happy to have done a portrait that catches the attention of someone who’s well versed in photographing ice.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 5:43 PM

  14. Very cool … like stalactites!

    denisebushphoto

    February 26, 2021 at 11:29 AM


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