Less than two months away from the annual ice fishing derby, LaPorte County lakes are beginning to freeze. Here, winds push the thin, newly formed ice to the shore, where is breaks into pieces, then freezes again. This action creates some interesting patterns in the ice that generally only last a few hours until the spaces in beteen the plates of ice freeze as well.
This seems to occur anywhere the water is moving gently - lakes on windy days, or near waterfalls where the falling water pushes forming ice away from the falls. The image above, taken near a small waterfall feeding the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal near Lemont, Illinois, shows these ice patterns beginning to freeze. Only a few hours later, the stream was frozen completely over, and the patterns were no longer visible.
Posted by Tom Gill at Thursday, December 18, 2014