Photo Essay

River Belles


It takes special conditions in order for ice bells to form. There has to be open water, the air must be significantly colder than the water, and the water must be unsettled enough to splash upward, freezing on contact with a stick, branch, fallen log or rock. This happens along the river on cold, windy nights in early and late winter when the river isn't frozen over. It also happens in what I call My Sanctuary, an area below a dam where a chasm provides a whitewater cascade. The splash and spray work their magic whenever the air temperatures are below freezing, the colder the better!

I'm always amazed and intrigued by the variety of designs Mother Nature fashions. Some are clear, with excellent refraction of the scene behind. They come in short, stocky slabs or long, dangling ornaments. Some are gracefully bell-shaped. No two are ever the same, each having its own potential to delight the appreciative admirer.

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8 responses

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    Spectacular presentation of "the variety of designs Mother Nature fashions."

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    Very good eye in capturing these wonderful comps

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (5 Feb 2012):

    A very beautiful and creative photo essay.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Deb Bailey

    Deb Bailey gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    Makes me think of the lightning glass in the movie "sweet Home Alabama". Neat!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (29 Feb 2012):

    what a great photography Claire Crocker!!! I salute you for your outstanding work!!! Amazing.... Vote!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (18 May 2012):

    Totally RAD & gorgeous, good writing too! my vote!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2013):

    The wonders of nature captured by you Claire. Wonderful photos and story! Voted!

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