03.02.2020 Hangers on

After the gentle suggestion that I not spend more time at the reservoir, I went to a safer location…the middle of roaring Dean Brook.  🙂 No real problem there as everything had melted on the banks except a few obvious spots.  The leak in my boots was repaired a while back so all I had to worry about was finding compositions.

I actually did not stop at the first one although I knew I’d go back to it on my return to the spot I came in upstream. I am thinking that someday I should get a trail cam and leave it somewhere that I think will start to build these just to see the progression. The water must be higher at some point for icicles to form like this or maybe migrates through the wood and forms the shapes by dripping or a combination.

One of my friends on Facebook suggested these were ice bats. I think that’s a good visual.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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44 Responses to 03.02.2020 Hangers on

  1. That is a real beauty, Steve. I like the darker background which really makes these ‘ice bats’ shine! 🙂

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  2. Very cool! I have never seen any quite like this. I can see the bats, but it reminded me of watching someone make candy, sugar syrup.

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  3. You’re batting a thousand with your ice bats. These “upside down” icicles are so intriguing.

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    • I work hard to keep my average up there. I am no scientist, not even on TV, but I would guess there is some sort of surface tension at play keeping the water from dripping off and creating a large mass at the bottom.

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  4. Wow Steve! These are really “Cool”!

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    I’ll chime in~so cool! And I love the thought of them being ice hats. I can just picture the elves tossing their hats up as they pass, where they’ll dangle until needed again.

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  6. Bats or hats, either way congrats. This is a candidate for the wall.

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  7. Jane Lurie says:

    Ice bats! Love it. What an interesting shot, Steve.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Things like this do make you think. Nice find!

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  9. Leya says:

    Beautiful, Steve – Ice Bats really says it!

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  10. M.B. Henry says:

    Ice Bats! You know I had to take a closer look because I thought they were real bats at first

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  11. Ms. Liz says:

    How interesting, I’ve never seen anything like them!

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    I like to see these ‘bells’ or ‘teardrop’ forms along the streams as I walk. This weekend created some good forms. Now warmer, I wonder if our ice days might be over until next year?

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    • I was just commenting on that in today’s post. There are a couple of chilly nights forecast for the weekend but we’ll see. I’ve made some of my favorite wintery images in March and April so there still might be some. But I know you’ll be happier with an early Spring and extended ephemeral season. 🙂 I wouldn’t complain either.

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  13. Lignum Draco says:

    Fascinating ice formations. I’ve not seen anything like them.

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  14. Dave Ply says:

    Mother Earth’s earrings. 🙂

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  15. shoreacres says:

    I didn’t see bats; instead, they recalled Scandinavian trolls with their pointed hats. They are beautiful forms. The only things I’ve seen that approximate them are others of your ice photos. The variety around you in winter is just extraordinary.

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    • Having just experienced a Facebook troll, I like the idea of a frozen one.

      Thanks. This has been a great year for ice despite the warmer temps. But they have also produced some variety that doesn’t happen in the dead of frigid winter so I am only slightly complaining.

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      • shoreacres says:

        Oh, trolls. I’m sorry you had one visit, but I’m glad you mentioned it, because you’ve given me a ‘hook’ on which to hang a recent experience of my own — in the real world, no less.

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      • Well, it’s to be expected with political posts. But I always am polite and speak of the subject rather than make unpleasant personal comments. This person started respectful but then sank into the depths. The truth is that for the most part they are a waste of time and no one is going to change their mind, especially in these highly polarized times, by what I or anyone else has to say about the situation.

        As always, I’ll be looking forward to you post on the theme.

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      • shoreacres says:

        It may take a while. I find all the rage I felt at the moment coming back when I remember the encounter, and writing while enraged isn’t very smart.

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      • That’s true but it does provide a little extra kick of passion. 🙂

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  16. bluebrightly says:

    Ice bats, a funny idea. If I hadn’t seen this once myself out here I would think it’s an impossibly rare phenomenon, only available to you. 🙂
    This one’s fantastic, but they all are. I really like the idea of putting a cam out it would be great to see them forming.

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    • I might do that but would probably need the town’s okay as this is part of our drinking water watershed. They have no trespassing signs but once I called and was told that I was fine and they considered us naturalists as extra eyes and ears for things they might not see. But attaching something to a tree is different plus not very secure.
      These are cool structures and some are really pretty, smooth and shaped like tear drops.

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  17. krikitarts says:

    I think this is my favorite of your fantastic ice finds. One other comparison that comes to mind is some sap formations I’ve seen that extruded slowly and then solidified. Just wonderful, Steve!

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    • Thanks, Gary. I know those sap drippings. I’ve also seen similar objects oozing out of cherry trees (Gummosis). As a kid I used to collect them while camping in the Adirondacks.

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  18. susurrus says:

    Amazing. You’ve widening my understanding of what’s possible with these posts.

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  19. Whatever they are, they are ethereal.

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