Ice Crystals

 

Just LOOK at these gorgeous ice crystals we found growing on the twigs and grasses beside our favorite walking trail along Salmon Creek here in Vancouver. The crystals are attached to the twigs and grasses, but the branching formation is all ice!

Of course, we ran home, grabbed our camera and tripod and headed back to capture as many crystals as possible before they melted away. I totally loved this little frozen pond surrounded by grasses encrusted with ice crystals.

I shot A LOT of images at the pond and one of them will definitely wind up as our Christmas card this year. Don't you love the little twig sticking up out of the ice on the right side of the photo. There are no branches underneath - it is just ice gone wild!

Almost missed getting this photo - ice started melting as I was focusing! Whew! Again, that is all ice formations except for the center twig or grass they formed on.

Now - this is really cool! That very evening, we just happened to log on to Mindat - Mineralogy Database, and we found THIS as the picture of the day!

An image of the mineral Cerussite taken by geologist and mineral photographer Tony Peterson. I don't think I need to explain why I had to share it along with my ice crystal photos!

I am very excited to find Tony's website - rockeyecandy.com. He has created beautiful posters and calendars of minerals that would be great for classrooms or for bedroom walls for kids - of all ages! Tony will be updating his site very soon to include smaller and less expensive posters so you may want to bookmark and check back again soon.

Just can't leave you without sharing just one more!

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Beautiful! That crystal is

Beautiful! That crystal is amazing.

Very interesting. I'd love to

Very interesting. I'd love to know exactly what atmospheric conditions favor crystal growth like that. I've never seen anything like it here in Northern Michigan.

Oh my gosh, I don't have much

Oh my gosh, I don't have much use for winter cold and snow but these images are just gorgeous. I can tell it is so exciting to find beauty like this and thanks for sharing them. It will surely make a beautiful Xmas card.

Glad to see a post from you. :)

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