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Ice "Teardrops"

Lake Ontario - Jan 21 2019
Whenever it gets really cold, I go down to the shore of Lake Ontario, to photograph the sunrise over some very cold and steamy water (It was -12C with a wind chill well into the -30's today). Today, the steam was OK, but the cool thing I found were these "Ice Teardrops" or "Ice Turnips". They form when icicles reach a body of open water that has gentle waves, as each wave passes over the icicle, it adds a layer of water that freezes in the frigid air. I'm always amazed at the shapes that ice can take on.

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"Ice Teardrop"
Gettting to where these were took some treacherous scrambling over slick ice-covered rocks. I did not want to fall in!
Another, larger "Ice Teardrop"

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Where they form, at the transition between icicles and the lake surface.
A very frigid Toronto at dawn.
First light, peeking over a steamy Lake Ontario.

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Sunrise panorama.
Layered up, and braving the cold. I did get my hand wet, grabbing one of the "Ice Teardrops". That sucked, but was totally worth it.

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