Nice Ice!

img_6655With alternating warm and cool spells, bringing rain and snow, ice formations have grown to pretty amazing proportions in my neck of the woods. Particularly where rock has been blasted away to widen roadways, we get to see up close the beauty of these marvels of nature.

These photos were taken at the hairpin turn along Rt. 2 heading west into North Adams, Massachusetts. For several miles along either side of Whitcomb Summit starting in Florida, MA into North Adams, the road is lined with stunning displays of ice. (I’ve always thought it humorous that Florida, yes, a real town, is one of the coldest in the state, a sharp contrast to the state of Florida, where many people head to escape winter.)

img_6664Note the squiggly road curve sign and the ice cascades encroaching upon the road edge, stretching up towards the Summit. I expect the public works crew has to use a lot of road salt to reduce ice that builds up and spills into the road, as well as removing slabs of ice that break off into the road itself, quite a danger to oncoming traffic.

Still, danger aside, these ephemeral works of art, up to thirty feet tall, are a thrill to behold.

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88 Responses to Nice Ice!

  1. sandyjwhite says:

    The ice is truly amazing and incredibly beautiful!

  2. Jim Ruebush says:

    Very cool. Don’t stand under them.

  3. So glad not to have to deal with all that ice anymore though. Gotta say 😉 Cliffs look a lot like those on that stretch of road between Verona Island Bridge and Searsport. 😉

  4. arlingwoman says:

    Spectacular! I looked this up on the map and am glad there’s snow for the ski areas. Heading out myself for a quick afternoon hike, since tomorrow is likely to be rainy.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Lisa. Most ski mountains around here have snow guns, since snowfall is so undependable. I expect with all the temp fluctuations, the base is pretty icy. Not much powder in New England these days. 😦

  5. Val Boyko says:

    Wow! Pretty spectacular Eliza!
    Hope you weren’t driving when you took these shots 😉

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Ha! No, we were safe in the pull-off, which is a scenic overlook with a 3-state view. However, sadly, the day was gray and mist-shrouded, so not much view! Thanks for your visit, Val!

  6. cindy knoke says:

    Incredibly beautiful!

  7. Christina says:

    The ice falls look incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them. Beautiful but Aldo truly awesome.

  8. Trail Walker says:

    Beautiful formations, Eliza! I love your phrase ” …ephemeral works of art.”

  9. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    These ice sculptures look amazing!

  10. wolfegeo says:

    The power and beauty of water all its forms never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful.

  11. Rita Pichette says:

    They certainly are beautiful in their natural state, but I hate when people throw food coloring on them. Turns them into giant slushies from Disneyland! Ugh…….

  12. Cathy says:

    Amazing. Drive carefully Eliza!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, I wondered after looking at these photos, how many accidents are caused annually by falling ice. One of these big chunks falling on a car would be the end. 😦

  13. Wow! Stunning structures and impressive photos.

  14. Widdershins says:

    Gobsmacked, I am!!! 😀

  15. Alice Pratt says:

    You took some awesome photo captures, Eliza! New England is such an awesomely wonderful varied area! I’ve seen the ice be very blue….maybe magnesium or copper in the water?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice. There is surprisingly a lot to the science of ice. Minerals, but also the rate of freezing and amount of air trapped inside, all affect color. Blue is apparently the most dense.

  16. Alice Pratt says:

    Almost like being in an “outdoor” “cave” 😶 Without the spelunking involved.

  17. ladygrace33 says:

    oh wow, beautiful ice art 🙂

  18. louise237 says:

    Stunning and spectacular photos!

  19. maureenc says:

    How spectacular! Thank you for a cool start to my day. Here in south east Queensland we have heat wave conditions, so I am really enjoying your ice show.

  20. Pete Hillman says:

    These are certainly impressive photos, Eliza! They are also awesome!

  21. Brian Skeys says:

    As beautiful as it is ,I hope we don’t have ice like that. A farmer once said to me that snow looked good on Christmas cards and other people’s land.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I can understand that, Brian. As I’ve lived with winter all my life, I guess we adapt to what we’re given. I’ve come to appreciate winter a lot more in recent years. I used to really resist it.

  22. Pauline says:

    Absolutely stunning, we don’t get anything like that over here!

  23. Walking and driving on ice is not a good thing, but looking at it is a real treasure. 🙂

  24. Robin says:

    Those are some beautiful and awesome ice formations. Winter puts on such a wonderful show at times. 🙂

  25. Just beautiful Eliza ⛄️⛄️⛄️

  26. derrycats says:

    They are definitely beautiful. I remember lots of these on the roads through the Adirondacks in winter too.

  27. It is beautiful, like frozen waterfalls.

  28. Kris P says:

    The ice creations are other-worldly and very beautiful, Eliza. Do those ice waterfalls generally melt slowly? I imagine a rapid melt could create a virtual river along that road.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kris. Yes, I think it is usually a slow melt, as the rock is slower to warm than the air, but if the icicles become detached from the ledge, they’ll fall down. There are ditches and drainage ports along the road edge, so flooding doesn’t usually happen.

  29. Anne says:

    Spectacular formations!

  30. MK says:

    Wow, this is just stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  31. Sue Vincent says:

    Beautiful. We seldom get icicles like that here, though I have seen them in the Dales sometimes.

  32. Chloris says:

    How beautiful. I have never seen anything like it. Wonderful photos.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Chloris. A blessing and a curse. 😉 As beautiful as it is, it takes days of below freezing weather to create these, something you don’t see much of in the UK, I imagine!

  33. jenanita01 says:

    Just one word for this post… WOW!

  34. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, wow!

  35. Very cool! It looks like the ice in the ice park in Ouray. They trickle water down the canyon walls and open up to ice climbers in January when it is finally thick enough.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Denise. Ice climbing sounds scary, but I expect they have ropes. Being scared of heights, with a healthy respect for gravity, I tend to keep my feet on the ground. 😉

  36. Giaskyler says:

    So cool!! Incredible what nature can do.

  37. Maria F. says:

    Never saw these before!

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