02.18.2023 Pendulosity

I have yet to read an explanation of just exactly how these ice pendants are formed. It would seem that the water somehow rises from that moving below, either by splashing or  humidity over the brook starting at the branch and then building from below thus creating an upside down icicle. Searches just describe how icicles form from eaves.  I’ll keep searching.


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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24 Responses to 02.18.2023 Pendulosity

  1. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    They are beautiful.

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  2. oneowner says:

    Nice shot, Steve.

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  3. Following your lead, I searched a little but didn’t turn up anything relevant. I did find an article titled “How do icicles form and why shouldn’t you eat them?” The answer, at least for icicles hanging from gutters, is that water coming down a roof picks up unclean particles of matter that are on the roof.

    Like you, I assume that water vapor rising from below and splashes from below freeze upon contact with the lowest part a nascent icicle coming down from above.

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    • I spent several years of my childhood in Syracuse where the winters were quite severe. Many houses had icicles that went all the way from the roof to the ground. We pretty much don’t see them as large now that most house have insulation in the attics. We did lick and suck on them and lived to tell the tale. I am sure there was all sorts of bad stuff in building materials back then but we survived somehow.


  4. shoreacres says:

    I’d be more inclined to suspect a combination of temperature changes and gravity for your pendant-like icicles, since they don’t seem upside down at all — at least, to me. The first photo looks remarkably like sap that oozes slowly and collects as a ‘bulb’ at the bottom of the slow-moving seep.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Living in the land of ice and snow, I have observed similar cases of pendulosity. If you solved the mystery, let us know, Steve.

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Love the ‘ice-fern’ at the bottom. 🙂

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  7. Here’s an article that might help. As a pilot I’ve done some reading about them, but nothing in-depth. I like how they look but I don’t want them (or any ice) on my plane. Cheers.


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    • Thanks for that, Lynette. It’s interesting to learn more about icicle formation (I did not know they were hollow at the tip for instance) but it seems his research just shows the traditional icicle formation, fatter at the top and skinny or pointed at the bottom. Maybe what has been suggested, the drippings collected at the bottom forming a bulbous structure might be the answer.
      Yes, I would think a pilot would get an unsettled feeling with ice hanging off the wings.

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  8. Nice pendulum and frond, both caught in the same image. I didn’t expect to see the latter when looking at the former.

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  9. tomwhelan says:

    Neat composition – and what a curious phenomenon.

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