Readers who live in warm regions have no idea how temperatures you would consider cold bring joy to us. I spent several hours at the pond on Friday and Saturday evenings because temps climbed to 50 degrees in the late afternoon. I wasn’t alone. Dozens of people came to the millpond to enjoy the “balmy” evening.
Still half submerged in ice, the dark oak leaf shows how bubbles embedded in the ice catch the light (above). During cold nights, large cracks form on the pond from edge to edge due to its expansion. Near shore during the thaw, unexpected shapes form along them where water seeps to the surface (below). The entire ice surface of the pond is floating now, detached on all sides. But in a day or two the raised “iceberg” will reattach as the temperatures return to the normal range.