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Monthly Image: Ice Crystals

Two mornings after a heavy, wet snowfall, the meltwater atop the concrete patio puckered up into ice crystals:

Ice crystals on patio

Ice crystals on patio

It seems the liquid water collects into the crystals as they freeze, leaving the concrete between the ice patches nearly dry. They seem surprisingly linear, with only a few hexagonal flourishes here and there.

That’s almost as picturesque as the window crystals

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