Sunday, January 25, 2009


It started out as several small ice rivulets and an icicle or two where seeping groundwater, moving down the rock seeking a lower level, froze in the falling temperatures. Then it snowed, a heavy wet snow. And froze. And thawed, and froze, and thawed, and froze... Then it snowed again. And thawed, and froze, and... Then it rained for half a day, and then the temperatures dropped and it snowed half a foot more. And froze. And thawed. And froze again. And what was once just some ice on a rock face has become a cathedral wall of great depth and complexity.

First, the complete icefall:

The center core of icicles in the icefall:

Close in on a "smooth" section of ice:

And even closer in on that smooth section:

Ice upon ice upon ice creates some fantastic effects, doesn't it?

© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. inspired me to get down to the lake shore now that I'm back home...with these frigid temps the ice formations should be pretty amazing....

  2. I love the natural ice sculptures it makes in nature, or rather I like the look of it. I don't like dealing with ice in person.

  3. roy, truly you are inspirational. i commented on these over at gather..i had seen the ice fall flowing over the rocky layers in the dover/del gap area - thought of you.