Friday, February 6, 2009

Street ice

A few months ago I had another photograph of ice crystals. These however are quite different from Islay and were lying in Raglan Road! I think a car had broken the ice that had formed in the night and left this rather exotic shape. This year there's been a tendency for snow flurries which then give way to temperatures that hover around freezing. In consequence, there's never much build up of snow, but there's a lot of interesting shapes left behind. The ice crystals are fascinating because of their transparency, like Cinderella's glass slippers. According to the Zeitschrift fur celtische philologie, Celtic mythology features creatures from the Otherworld coming from the sea, travelling in crystal boats. These look like crystal boats to me, carving a passage through a freezing sea.