Nature Walk: Ice Designs
photo by Carl Kurtz
Plants such as bulrushes, cattails, water lilies and animals such as frogs, fish or even snail shells often freeze on or just below the surface of ice that has formed on ponds and lakes. Dark colored objects readily absorb sunlight creating heat that melts the ice around the object. An impression or design is left than can be simple or intricate as with these river bulrush stems.
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