Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Raspberry Ice

This morning, on my way to the post office, I decided to take River Rd., which runs along the Delaware River. The river was on my right and to my left were high rocks sporting serious looking icicle formations.

Since there wasn't much traffic, I took my time and checked out the icicles to see if there might be any good photo ops. Most were ho-hum until I saw the above. In fact, I drove by it not thinking until I jumped on the brakes and decided it might be a good shot as I'd never seen anything like this before. Often, icicles have a bluish cast but never raspberry. I backed up very carefully as I was on a curve, rolled down the window, and grabbed my trusty point-and-shoot and snapped off a few shots.

For several seconds, I tried to figure out what, or where, the color came from but had no idea. It didn't look like paint as the color stained the ice through and through. There was a puddle of raspberry color at the base of the icicles but that was probably due to the ice breaking off from time to time. There's also a section of tea-colored icicles, to the left, which may or may not have been caused by tannin from nearby oak trees.

Anyway, thought I'd share it with you as it was something unusual.

Some of us are getting ready for another round of snow due to begin mid-afternoon.  Not only does it look like snow, but it feels like snow.

Hope you're all having a good day.



Birdie said...

Chris, this is an amazing picture!!! Absolutely amazing, wow! THank you so much for sharing!!! Have a wonderful weekend, sending love your way :-)

A Box of Chocolates said...

i am wondering what the raspberry colour comes from so pretty