12.16.2008

Ice Phenomenon!!!

I am pretty fortunate to work at a place where I am not stuck in a cubicle or staring out of a window at the building next to me. As a landscape design/build company we take pride in our work and we like to showcase our skills at the office. We have a large pond with a waterfall and stream entering into it.

Each year during the cold winter months the pond and waterfalls freeze over and create some pretty cool ice sculptures. Since the temperature varies each day, so does the amount of ice. The "sculpture" is always changing.

6' Waterfall- The water is flowing behind the ice wall.
Stream Cover in Ice- The water is also flowing under the ice cover.

I have seen this occur the past few years and I am always amazed on how different and cool the ice looks. Well this year, we experienced something completely new.

No one in our office has ever seen this happen. I really can even explain how it happened but this is done 100% by mother nature. There was no tools involved in doing this.

At one point we looked out the window and saw this perfect circle forming in the ice. Because of the water moving in one direction from the waterfall and the other from the stream, apparently the friction of the moving water caused this circle to form.

video

Shortly after the video the circle froze over again but I have to say this was one of the strangest and coolest things I have ever seen. I probably wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself.

6 comments:

Tim Swanson said...

That is freaking cool! It almost looks too perfect to be natural... do you have garden gnomes living in the water or something?

Or maybe you are working in a vortex.....

Ali said...

That's crazy cool! looks COLD!

Sheena (DUR) said...

I'm thinkin' Tim's on to something here...that's ridiculously unreal! Garden gnomes, definately garden gnomes.

Tiffany said...

One word: FAWESOME!

jessithompson said...

THAT IS COOL!

Donna said...

I saw a gnome hiding behind a tree, grinning mischievously!