the creativity of ice

This might seem like a strange time to think about and enjoy the sight of ice – after all, us here in the northern hemisphere have just survived winter and summer is finally showing signs of arriving. Spring does bring ways to enjoy ice, though – it’s the time when the last ice melts in the ditches and leaves the shores of the sea. These moments of transition are what inspired me to write this blogpost – the incredibly beautiful details in last of the melting ice. I also decided to look backward and share some other photos of ice, an element that has a unique way of reflecting light, never stands still and produces sounds so beautiful you might think it’s singing.

I found these silver threads in ice on top of rapidly flowing water – they’re cracks in the ice, reflecting the sunlight beautifully.

I found this amoeba-like creature in the ice on a lake I was skating on.

To test the strength and thickness of the ice, I hit it with something similar to a ski pole. As the ice fractured under the sharp pointy end of the pole, it created these beautiful colours – it was the first time I saw something like this!

Ice doesn’t only look interesting if you look really close – it’s also beautiful in larger-scale pictures like this one. As long as there isn’t snow on the ice it reflects everything beautifully – that’s also when the conditions for skating are best. This is lake Saimaa in eastern Finland, where I went skating with some friends and where we met these fishermen and their dog. 

One of the reasons why I find ice so wonderful is because it’s so dynamic – it shapes the landscape, but is also shaped by its surroundings. I found these funny-looking “ice pizzas” below some rapids – as the ice had started breaking up into smaller pieces, they got caught in the swiveling currents and began grinding against each other, forming round-ish ice floes.

Ice can also form on other surfaces than water. In this picture you can see ice crystals and their tree-like growth over the glass of an old greenhouse. The ice reflects the colours of the setting sun, showing, again, how surprisingly colourful ice can be.

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