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Winter Lily Pads

February 5, 2013

Check out these very neat images taken by Waterville Valley fisherman/outdoorsman, Ray Kucharski.

In an email Ray sent to me along with the images, he described these beautiful – and rather artistic – round ice disks as winter lily pads.  Ray wrote, “I have never seen ice formed in 8- to 18-inch circles floating in a river or pond before.”

Winter Lily Pads

Image by Ray Kucharski, taken at Snows Brook, just below the dam at Waterville Valley Town Square

Image by Ray Kucharski, taken at Snows Brook, just below the dam at Waterville Valley Town Square

Image by Ray Kucharski, taken at Snows Brook, just below the dam at Waterville Valley Town Square

Update Feb. 6, 2012 … Interesting…Wikipedia has a definition for ice discs!

Ice discs form on the outer bends in a river where the accelerating water creates a force called ‘rotational shear’, which breaks off a chunk of ice and twists it around.[5] As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice — smoothing into a circle.[2] A relatively uncommon phenomenon, one of the earliest recordings is of a slowly revolving disc was spotted on the Mianus River and reported in a 1895 edition of Scientific American.[6][7]

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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