A lovely hike at North Branch Nature Center along the North Branch of the Winooski yesterday, found me seeing several new kinds of ice. Along the edges of the river were a number of places where the water had risen, frozen and dropped slightly, leaving clear, thin ice full of fractures.
At another spot a 2″ thick layer of ice had formed. When the water dropped it rested on a gravel bar and cracked revealing a clear edge which was illuminated by the late afternoon light.
Again fascinating were those places where the water and ice met at the freezing/melting point. And the currents in the water as it was channeled by the ice and reflected the rich late afternoon sun. What a remarkable substance water is in nearly any light and at any temperature!