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A farewell to icicles

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Over the past month you’ve seen plenty of pictures here showing snow, ice, and especially icicles, courtesy of the frigid weather that descended on Austin and stayed with us for a week in mid-February. But now it’s fully spring, so a farewell to winter is in order. Here are two last pictures from the part of Great Hills Park known as Potter’s Place, which I visited on February 16th. Above, you see how numerous the icicles in that little cove along the main creek were, and the flash I used allowed the clarity of the water to come through. The picture below, taken by natural light, emphasizes the icicles’ reflections in water that now seems dark.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 19, 2021 at 4:38 AM

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  1. They’re beautiful. Love the reflection in the second image.


    March 19, 2021 at 4:42 AM

    • Those reflections were the icing on the cake, so to speak, and in this case it was ice-engendered icing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 6:35 AM

  2. Lovy reflections, like ships’ masts in a harbour.


    March 19, 2021 at 5:24 AM

  3. The wonderful reflections of the icicles in the ice-free water tell me that winter is definitely on the way out, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    March 19, 2021 at 8:33 AM

    • These pictures date back to mid-February. Spring has been here for weeks now. The vernal equinox is tomorrow.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 8:52 AM

  4. Both of these photos skillfully highlight the beauty of these icicles in such a marvelous way, Steve. With these and previous posts, it is apparent you and your camera took advantage of this rare TX occurrence. I love it.

    Jet Eliot

    March 19, 2021 at 8:34 AM

    • You can understand that I was thrilled to have icicles to play with for once. On four days I went out for a couple of hours into the below-freezing weather to photograph in Great Hills Park while the ice lasted. Did it really happen? Spring has been here now for some time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 8:57 AM

  5. Raining icicles! I’ve enjoyed your posts of the frozen, but you’re right to segue into spring as there’s so much new and happening each day. I look forward to these next spring photos, Steve.


    March 19, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    • “Raining icicles” is a good description. And there’s plenty of new indeed, though on the whole the wildflowers are off to a late start, no doubt due to the freeze a month ago. We just got back from Gonzales, where we were disappointed not to find the great swathes of wildflowers we’ve seen in that area in other years. I got some closeups, but no great colonies. Hopefully it’ll get better in 2–3 weeks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 3:19 PM

  6. too bad. But there’s always next year for icicles!

    Alessandra Chaves

    March 19, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    • Unlikely: this year’s wintry week was highly unusual, something no one still alive here had ever seen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 5:13 PM

  7. Those are reflections one doesn’t see too often! A beautiful farewell to winter, Steve.

    Lavinia Ross

    March 19, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    • I hope you’re right that one doesn’t often see icicle reflections like these. That I can claim to have made a portrait of something unusual.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 5:16 PM

  8. You really did make the most of that cold spell. That’s quite a bunch of icicles. We may have bade farewell to icicles here as well.

    Steve Gingold

    March 19, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    • I sure did make the most of it, taking pictures on seven days during that cold spell. Our icicles had vanished by February 21. We’ll see if yours are really gone for the season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 5:19 PM

      • I’ve made a bunch of ice images in March over the years so, yes, we’ll see.

        Steve Gingold

        March 19, 2021 at 5:32 PM

  9. You documented it well, Steve. Now on towards spring!

    Eliza Waters

    March 19, 2021 at 5:16 PM

    • I certainly put myself out, literally and figuratively, to document such a rare occurrence. Technically spring arrives tomorrow, but we’ve already had several days here over the past few weeks with temperatures in the 70s and occasionally even the 80s.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2021 at 5:22 PM

  10. Very beautiful.


    March 19, 2021 at 6:28 PM

  11. It’s hard to believe this happened only a month ago. Like your icicles, time seems to have melted away. I’m glad you showed so many images of those extraordinary weeks, and I’m glad you were in a position to be able to reach some of those spots even when it was so difficult — and dangerous — to get out. Now: back to our regularly scheduled season!


    March 20, 2021 at 6:11 AM

    • As you’ve heard, our regularly scheduled spring is somewhat irregular, i.e. delayed, presumably due to the spate of weather that brought these icicles. Yes, it’s sometimes been hard to believe that was only weeks ago, and also that I pushed myself through some difficult physical situations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2021 at 7:29 AM

  12. Being someone who likes order and subjects in rows these appeal to that side of me.


    March 24, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    • Your preference for order and subjects in rows explains the appeal these pictures have for you. I hadn’t thought of orderliness in these icicles when I photographed them, but they sure grabbed my fancy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2021 at 3:31 PM

  13. […] hunt in Great Hills Park on February 4th led me to check out a high creek bank that had generated a slew of long icicles last February. No such luck this year—which is not to say nothing interesting was there: an irregularly shaped […]

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