Freeze up

We’re at the time of the year when temperatures are rising and falling day-to-day. A week ago, the thermometre crept into double digits (up to 50º for those tuned to the Fahrenheit scale). This week, we’re having wind chills in negative double digits (down to 0º Fahreneheit). As a result, the view of the pond is constantly changing.

One day it looks like this.
Ice forming on a pond

The next day, the darkness of the water has expanded and the thin coating of ice around the edges has completely receded.

Our pond doesn’t like to freeze. It is helped in its quest to stay liquid by the creek that is constantly running fresh flowing water. Even here though, the cold takes hold and ice forms.

Ice covered grasses over a flowing creek

After a couple of days of cold temperatures and snow flurries, the darkness of the water is gone, replaced by ice.

Fuzzy cattails on the shore of a frozen pond

We’re not quite ready for skating yet, but we’re getting there.

What’s the weather like where you are? Does your thermometre count in Celsius or Fahrenheit? Anyone follow the Kelvin scale?

8 thoughts on “Freeze up

  1. Isn’t it amazing how a little bit of water can bring so much constant change and interest to a landscape! I love the connection to the changing seasons that you bring with these photos. As a kid, I was fascinated to see things freezing and thawing like that. Here in Victoria, we don’t see nearly so much of it; the seasons are measured in moss – its depth, vibrancy and omnipresence (all greatest in winter.) My brother once observed on a visit here, “The winter monochrome is green.” Very different from yours! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

  2. This morning out at the Execution Rocks weather buoy, about two miles from us, it was 27F with a windchill of 16F. Some snow on the ground from yesterday. (Sharynne went for a 3-mile walk on Orchard Beach with her girlfriends anyway!) In the US, as you know, we’re still stuck with the ridiculously illogical Fahrenheit (freezing is 32, and boiling is 212? Huh?). We’ll be in Germany for the holidays, and have to live in Centigrade-land, which I can never get used to, though it’s as logical as can be! Trying to convert is ridiculous: as soon as I get to 5 9ths I give up. Best is to try to memorize a few key conversions. In any case, it’ll be COLD in Nord Hessen. That doesn’t stop the family from doing long walks along the River Fulda and up through the woods and hills, followed, blissfully, by hot, mulled gluhwein!

    Your pond is very lovely.

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