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A Frozen Shell

Posted by Ben on June 3, 2009


It gets pretty cold in Blacksburg…but I’m sure you already knew that.  A few days before classes started this past spring, Kristen and I went around campus taking pictures of the results of the recent snow.  We started out on the frozen surface of the duck pond and ended up in the Hahn Horticulture Garden up along Washington St.  I had never really been in the gardens before, the only previous time being briefly during the bike race fall semester to pick up a clue.  Being January, there were not too many flowers blooming, but temperatures recently had been cold enough to freeze over parts of the streams and the little waterfall (a couple of feet tall).

I think one of the coolest things about this was that the waterfall was still flowing behind the ice, which was really nothing more than a shell.  I took a couple of pictures from directly over the waterfall looking straight down which showed this a little more clearly, but I think this shot is better.  You can see that the ice hanging down over the falls is not a smooth sheet, but looks like after the initial icing, more water froze while going over the ice, creating a rougher texture.  The ice along the sides of the waterfall on the rocks is also neat as you can see where the water dripped down the sides of the rocks.  One thing that definitely would have improved this picture would have been some sunlight shining down on the ice, but then again, that would have hastened the melting even more.

I still need to make it out to the Cascades when they are frozen over in the winter, but I guess this will do for now…



2 Responses to “A Frozen Shell”

  1. Epic. I’d forgotten things this cool occurred during Blacksburg winter. Thanks, Ben.

  2. 21 June 2009

    Eerie beauty–mesmerizing. I’m fascinated by the little feminine icon right of center (not the larger spread-armed one right of her). Maybe I should look at some Rorschach blots.

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