|Glace du lac avec formes qui deviendront chandelles; lake ice with shapes that will become chandelles|
Spring is coming quickly now. I'm eager for the snow to melt and the ice to recede from the lake. I checked the ice thickness this morning; 4 inches (extremely variable at this time of year). Seems that there will be chandelles this year, so I'm looking forward to going out in my kayak to listen to the ice sing as it melts. The photo above shows the shapes that form in the ice; as it melts it forms these long upright tubes that clink together in the waves.
I went for a walk this morning in my big ol' rubber boots (the ground is still half-snowy) and took lots of moss photos. E bought me a mosses field guide that I figured I'd try out now that the chance came up. Below are some photos and my preliminary attempts at identification.
|Red/rouge: Polytrichum pilipherum (bristly haircap moss); Green/vert: Funaria hygrometrica (bonfire moss)|
|Platylomella lescurii (bordered brook moss)|