Wednesday, February 23, 2011

black ice on the pond

black ice on the pond –
wild geese swim in a circle
of open water

A freeze last night laid down a skin of thin, black ice. The thin ice forms vertical crystals that reflect less light, making it appear black. The Canada geese have not moved on. This morning they are swimming in a circle of water kept open by their swimming. In the afternoon it rains, the thin ice melts and the geese are joined on the shore by a few scavenging crows.

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