This blog is dedicated to icicles everywhere. You know who you are. Hanging on eaves, on windows, on roofs.
You readers know what the icicles are doing now. Shhh…open your door…listen. If the temperature has nudged above the freezing mark, the icicles are dripping. Weeping. Splashing. Singing. Whatever you want to call it…the icicles are melting.
The icicles are everywhere, everywhere. You see them hanging out on storefronts, down along the bay, in the woods. Each has its own special personality. You could spend the day photographing icicles and never find two exactly the same.
Do we all know why icicles are born? Let’s pause a moment to think scientifically and digest this Wikipedia explanation:
An icicle is a spike of ice formed when water dripping or falling from an object freezes. Typically, icicles will form when ice or snow is melted by either sunlight or some other heat source (such as heat leaking from the interior of a heated building), and the resulting melted water runs off into an area where the ambient temperature is below the freezing point of water (0°C/32°F), causing the water to re-freeze. Over time continued water runoff will cause the icicle to grow.
Some houses feature dainty icicles and some houses sport serious icicles. Some folks claim that houses need more insulation when their icicles grow into gigantic magnificent displays. Some people think their heating bills grow more gigantic than the icicles off their front porch.
Icicles in the sunshine gleam much more beautiful than beneath a cloud-covered sky. Sunshine makes the icicles sparkle merrily. Sunshine also makes the beauties melt…and when the temperature soars into the 30’s the merry melting music begins. Drip, drip, drip…
Spring-lovers feel their hearts lighten! Ice fishermen scowl.
Before we close this “ode to icicles” let us pause briefly to view icicles attached to snow sliding slowly slowly down our garage roof. Look at this avalanche of snow and ice creeping down the metal roof!
OK, let’s move a little closer to view the underbelly of this roof avalanche:
I hope you have enjoyed this icicle tour. If you have any of your own, hurry to admire the sparkling shafts. Before it’s too late. Before spring arrives and they depart.
Spring should be arriving here in the Upper Peninsula soon–at least by April!