03.11.2020 Return of the Frieze

I’ve read that a slow freeze allows for ice to have impurities filter out, sinking or evaporating at the surface creating clear ice. Our temperature on Sunday was just below 32°F so ice did form slowly and sadly, I thought at first, bubble free. But a slow freeze appears to allow water to move as it solidifies as well creating some amazing patterns on the surface.

In reading about the formation of clear ice, I came across this video that demonstrates just how clear solid ice can be.  I would not be one to test this out but it would be kind of cool.

It looks like walking on liquid water or air.  🙂

The “return” part is a reference to something similar I posted last year.

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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36 Responses to 03.11.2020 Return of the Frieze

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    I was really amazed at the clarity of the ice shown in the video!

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    • I am not sure I’d trust the ice (I fell through ice as a child) but it would be tempting.

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      • Ms. Liz says:

        What an awful memory that must be. The clear view to the bottom in the video is really magic but I also felt a catch of fear.

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      • At the time it was surreal..as much as a nine year old understands surreal. I went under but fortunately bobbed back up in the same hole. A neighborhood girl was there and had the same experience. It was a lake but thank goodness no current below us. I can still remember looking up at the hole as I rose. It happened very quickly and although so long ago, 63 years, I don’t recall swallowing any water. It was our first morning in anew home. What a start! 🙂

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      • Ms. Liz says:

        Much relieved it wasn’t a ‘finish’. Scary stuff.

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  2. Lucky you to have another crack at it. Don’t think I’ve ever seen an ice formation like this one, with its interwoven curves.

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  3. Mike Powell says:

    Those basket-like patterns are amazing, Steve. It’s hard to even imagine how they were produced.

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    • Aren’t they? I guess this is another push toward using a trail cam to watch the ice form. Something to mull over this summer. Knowing where to place it would be quite a challenge. At least deer leave tracks. 🙂
      I’ve a few ideas that involve currents, breezes, and heat eddies but am not finding much scientific material…aside from an article about speed of freeze relating to clarity.


  4. shoreacres says:

    The image in the photo resembles a traditional yurt at the edge of a lake, with clouds streaming by overhead.

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    I have seen clear ice before and it is cool, but the ice you found is stunningly beautiful.

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  6. The ice evokes an image of etched crystal. The video is remarkable.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    The patterns in the ice make me think of carved wood. The clarity of the ice in the video is amazing – but I wouldn’t fancy walking on it unless I knew it was really thick… 🙂

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  8. Leya says:

    Beautiful, Steve. I have seen another such video, but with fish swimming down there too – seems impossible, but they were. I don’t remember in which country.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    With the light freeze after the rain last night, the car roofs had nice ferns this morning, similar to these. I love them when they are long and dramatic.
    Loved the cool ‘walking on air’ video!

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    • We didn’t have anything like that on our cars here, maybe too “warm” but a co-worker showed me something like you describe that was on his car. Nature is so cool. Glad that you enjoyed the video. I prefer watching to doing in this case. 🙂

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  10. I like all those patterns in the top image. Never seen ice so clear.

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    No room for disappointment here, there’s lots to like. 🙂 First, it’s a beautiful image. Bubble, fractures, you can do it all. Then there’s the video, wow, that was fun! And last year’s photo shows what a tremendous difference monochrome can make – I love it, AND I love today’s – they are just very different.

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    • Thanks, Lynn. I never considered doing this one as a monochrome so don’t know, and am not curious enough to try, what it might be like converted or how it would compare. Now that I’ve said that my curiosity is growing. 😉
      Watching the video was more fun than actually doing the walk, I think. Not being able to see what you’re walking on would be quite disconcerting and as I age my wuss level grows daily. 🙂
      Thanks for your enthusiasm. I always appreciate that. ❤

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