With 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.)
Note 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.