Ice Secrets

The deep November cold has turned the lakes to burnished silver.  Without a topping of snow, the ice is translucent and mysterious . . . and also, at 3” thick, very walkable. This afternoon, I gingerly stepped onto the bumps and bubbles of this new frozen territory, exploring all that had been captured unawares: oak leaves and lily stems, cattails and goldenrod fluff. As I ventured out further from shore, the ice began singing to me in its odd, whale-like tones. Welcome back, it seemed to say, after the long summer.

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Horizontal layers: trees, cattails, ice

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Ice swales

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Crack showing ice depth

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Deep bubbles

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Oak leaf on ice

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Frozen waterlily

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Pond weed pad thai

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