Frozen Fall Creek III

Across the years into a future

Gratitude for miracles witnessed is my emotion for this series, “Frozen Fall Creek.” Thirteen winters after Pam and I walked Fall Creek as a solid walking path, the stream flows without ice most years. My son, whose family now lives in the house, and his wife recalling walking the creek a few years ago, not in the past few years.

Weather records support our recollections and observations: here is an analysis of Ithaca January temperatures. The years 2009 through 2019 show a warming trend in daily temperatures for both minimum and maximum.

Analysis

Excel I used to plot minimum and maximum temperatures (farenheit) for the 31 days of each January for eleven years 2009 – 2019. Click on the images of this post for a larger version.

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Forecast

Pam and I moved to Ithaca 2011 and missed our Fall Creek winter walks, miss them even more now our weekend excursions are only memories. Here are January minimum/maximum average daily temperature projections from 2020 through 2044 based on the trend established from the 2009 through 2019 series. The trend is the solid color, projection the faded color.

Reading from the chart, if the current trend continues by January 2044 the average maximum daily temperature will be 47 degrees compared to 29 for 2009. In other words, the temperature never rose above freezing in the year 2009. By 2044 temperatures will be above freezing every day, on average, with daily minimums averaging 21 degrees.

From what I read, we can expect these warming trends to accerate within our lifetimes. My son named small mid-creek hummocks “islands” with numbers. Here is a view of his Second Island in late summer. What will Second Island be in 2044 late summer?

Late Summer 2018, second island

Memories

Reader of posts I and II of this series have commented about snow shadows. Here are the shadows produced from snow fallen on the vegetation of the last photograph: soft mounds to contrast with tree trunk shadows.

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Winter 2009, second island

I prefer the composition of the following photograph. What do you think?

Play of winter shadows

A combination of contrasting shadow forms.

Low Winter Sun
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Frozen Fall Creek II

Natural Ice Sculpture

My last post, “Frozen Fall Creek I”, ended with macros of Ice Crystals on a bed of frost over creek ice within sight of our former home, a restored water mill. I continued on the ice, following the creek to this spot were the stream bed turns 90 degrees, changing from a southerly to a western flow.

Here I encountered an open course where constant water motion resisted freezing. A few frigid days later, the course had an amazing transformation.

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Last To Freeze, Fall Creek

The transparent ice of the now frozen space retained the impression of movement, the surface rippled by current. In the following photograph, motionless ice crystals reveal the truth.

Ice Crystals on Water Frozen while Supercooled

In the intervening days, the constant motion resisted freezing while the water temperature dropped well past freezing to achieve a supercooled state. As the water temperature continued to drop, a fast transition from fluid to solid happened so quickly the movement of the water surface was preserved.

Ice Crystals on Water Frozen while Supercooled

Here is the matching “after” photograph to the “before” that started this post.

Channel of Water Frozen while Supercooled
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Frozen Fall Creek I

Ice Crystals

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Winter Shadows
Ice Crystals
Ice Crystal Macro I
Ice Crystal Macro II
Ice Crystal Macro III
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Click me for another Winter Series starting with “The Fang?”
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Glacier!!!

experience a glacier of Patagonia

Two person ship launch against glacier base.
Summer was the season for our visit to the edge of eternal, for now, Patagonian ice fields.  Remnants from the last ice age, larger than some (small) countries.  The site is surprisingly noisy with sharp, explosive, ice crackles.
More amazing even than the sounds, the dark shading on the ice is volcanic dust from recent eruptions of many cones. 

Click this link for my series of posts about Chilean fjords and glaciers we visited February 2016.

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Over the top

Rest Stop

We crested Healy Pass, R574, surprised to find a shop with grand offerings of books and Irish knit sweaters. Passing over the Cork/Kerry border we stopped to admire the countryside from the heights. Pam models our purchase from the Healy Pass shop.

Clashduff townland, Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Looking back down the road.

A welcomed sight.

Passing into county Kerry on the way to Killarney.

A glorious setting. “The promised land.”

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Personality Plus

Hello!!

Healy Pass, R574, negotiating the ridge above the Adrigole River valley, we turned off and I clambered onto some rocks with the tripod, camera and other equipment. Looking around after a few shot I noticed a curious bystander.

Clashduff townland, Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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Gathering Light

Seasonal Transition Reflected Through Ice

A rare sunrise unobstructed by clouds yielded a surprise in spite of myself. The progress of the sun’s journey north, compared to the winter solstice eight weeks ago, was much farther than expected, passing onto East Hill and Cornell University.

Here is the light of that dawn collected by an unusual assortment of icicles gathered from the huge accumulation of rooftop snows.

I grabbed the IPhone 7 and avoided the cold, taking these photographs through our east facing bay window.

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Ice Bells

Noticing small miracles, taking the time and effort to capture them…..

These icicles were formed along Fall Creek during the coldest months of February in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

The transient nature of these forms is suggested by the thinness of the pedicle joining each bell to the ice lobe of the ledge. Note the golden crystals in the ice lobe.

A visualization of the symbolic power of the numeral three, reflected on itself.  Question: what do “threes” mean to you?

Captured with the Sony DSLR-A700, DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens, hoya circular polarizing filter, mounted on the Manfrotto tripod with ball head.

Click the photograph for my online gallery Ice Bells listing.

On the Ridge 5

Taking in the sights.

Healy Pass, R574, negotiating the ridge above the Adrigole River valley. I am not positive this is an erratic. Here the camera is turned several degrees to the left from yesterday’s photograph. Pam is on the road, standing out in her red raincoat. Fifth of a series of five photographs.

Clashduff townland, Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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On the Ridge 4

More Glacial Erratics?

Healy Pass, R574, negotiating the ridge above the Adrigole River valley. I am not positive this is an erratic. Here we are looking over the pass, the winding road is just out of sight to the left. I parked the car in a small turnoff and climbed the ridge for these shots. Fourth of a series of five photographs.

Clashduff townland, Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Republic of Ireland.

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