Ice Tube?

I believe I mentioned in an earlier post how the stream in Little Cottonwood Canyon is greatly diminished during the winter months when the annual snow-melt is finished and when most of the remaining water is diverted into the local cities’ water reservoirs.  To take these pictures from the front angle, I was stepping/crouching on rocks that were in the middle of the stream bed.  You can tell from the pictures that the stream is not flowing with any significant force or quantity of water.  During the rush of the snow-melt months, the stream is usually flowing with several thousands of cubic meters of water per minute…and it would be impossible to capture pictures from the middle of the stream during those times.

When I first saw the ice formation from the side of the stream, it appeared to just be a bunch of ice that had formed near the flow of water.  The closer I was able to make it to the actual waterfall, the more I could see that ice had formed in the shape of a tunnel or tube and the water was channeling through it from the rock above and into the little pool beneath…another crazy little marvel of nature…and a beautiful one at that.

It seems that the flow on the left is forming another tube…with the outer edges eventually coming together to completely enclose the water channel…maybe.  It would be interesting to return in a few weeks and see if it happened…provided nothing destroys it in the interim.

This last picture is my favorite….

8 responses

  1. This looks like sheer magic. Lovely photographs.
    Sitting in a warm room in India and admiring it with longing is fine.
    I am trying to feel how cold it would have been,during the photographic session. (shivering slightly :-))

    Thanks .

    December 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    • Yes, Patty – it does look rather magical, doesn’t it? And it was rather thilly out there, hovering somewhere around 31 degrees F. Enjoy your warm room, sometimes we need that. On this day, though…and many others like it, my heart longs to be in the cold. Thank you for the nice words about the photos. 🙂

      December 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

  2. You’re right; that last one has a great feel!

    December 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    • Thank you, Lilly…and thank you for visiting. 🙂

      December 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

  3. Interesting shots, Scott. If you do go back to this spot I hope you’ll post more images. Given that you’ve still got water flowing, but ice forming, you’re working with a highly dynamic landscape. It may manifest itself differently with each passing day.

    December 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    • Hello again, Kerry…thank you. I do have plans to get back out there on the stream to see how the ice has changed. I hope to do it today…but someone close to me said something about shopping for some holiday or something…. 😦 But yes, I can imagine how the ice would change from day to day. It’s been a week since I was there; I hope to get there soon.

      December 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

  4. Just absolutely beautiful! Your photography is stunning!

    December 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    • Thank you, Steven…such nice words…thank you! 🙂

      December 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

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