There are certain natural phenomena that occur only when particular weather conditions are met, such as snow rollers or sundogs. They are rare and marvelous. This week on my walk I saw another such unusual occurrence, a flow of ice, looking like a waterfall in miniature, frozen in time. Streams of solid water move across rock, branch, and leaf.
Beautiful small events ask for attention: a thin branch, partially covered by ice, has an extra icy halo; a weed rises, golden, from the surface.
As twigs are caught over and under ice, so are fallen leaves. A dry spot peaks out from under icicles.
The clarity of the rippled ice allows for glimpses beneath: leaves.....
....and mosses; I peer through layers to see the life beneath, jewels in a case.
On top of the ice, a tiny spider is caught. (click to enlarge photos)
This rippled wave of ice, covering all in its limited path, holding objects suspended, offers poetic metaphors, as nature often does.