On a freezing cold, windy, sunny day, a leaf stuck on a rock about 10 feet from shore, in a thin sheet of ice at the edge of a stream – a tributary of the Rahway River in South Mountain Reservation, Essex County, NJ – grabbed my attention. I carefully walked over on stepping stones to check it out, saw these really long ice crystals forming, around the leaf, the rock, the water, other crystals. Much later, at the library, I saw an article on ice crystal formations in ‘Scientific American’ which said these straw-like crystals only form at -5C.
This image won First Place in Photography in the November 2006 53rd Annual Regional Exhibition of the Hudson Artists of New Jersey, one of the longest running art exhibitions in the North-Eastern USA.
Updated March 15, 2009: A print was acquired for the Collection of the Curator, The Art Gallery, Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, Harlem, NY
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