ice encasing snow –
glazed, pendulous, crackled –
On the banks of Pilgrim Creek, porous snow glistens with a thin coating of ice. A veneer of fantastically crackled ice with lacy edges lines the shady side of the creek. Shields of snow bordered with ice perch precariously on logs protruding from the running water. In shallow pools the ice forms a curvaceous melange of transparent bubbles. Icicles with bulbous tips hang from every branch, dead leaf, seed pod and bud. Wherever the sun shines on the ice it sparks little glints of red and gold, transforming every dull object into a wonder.