The arctic vortex reached Lexington last week and our temperatures hovered around 0°F (-15°C) for several days – our coldest temperatures in a decade. The main part of our water feature was covered with ice and snow, an unusual happening.
I was curious about the bumps on top of the snow, and went out with the camera for a (brief) closer look. I was delighted to discover these intricate ice crystals. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and I’m guessing they were a product of the extremely cold temperatures.
The water continued to flow under the ice, and these Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) and other birds found an opening big enough to get a drink. However, I didn’t notice any attempts to bathe!
I’m glad to say our temperatures are now well above freezing, and the snow and ice are gone – for now. I have no doubt we still have plenty of winter ahead. Nevertheless, our longer afternoon light is a nice reminder that the cold will not last forever.