Life in Jackson Hole / Phenology

Freeze and thaw

River and ice, November 12, 2013

River and ice, November 12, 2013

The sun is warm and the air is crisp. Snow melts and freezes in the cycles between daylight and moonlight, leaving behind sheets of ice across the frozen ground. Snow can be found in pockets wherever the shade preserves it.

On a walk to Ditch Creek, I followed the tracks of a moose and a black bear to the water’s edge. The tracks were laid down in fresh snow, but since then the snow has gone through cycles of melting and freezing, stretching the impressions and leaving behind tracks larger than life.

On the edge of the creek, water bubbles and flows underneath sheets of ice, creating intricate, mesmerizing patterns of ice crystals that shimmer and glow in the sun.

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