The Crystal Field

The air is blue and keen and cold
And in a shining sheath enrolled.
Each branch, each twig, each blade of grass
Seems clad miraculously with glass.

This poem is a modification of “A Crystal Forest” by William Sharp from the book: Poems by William Sharp Selected and Arranged by Mrs. William Sharp. Published by Duffield and Company, New York, 1912.

The phenomenon is called “glaze ice.” It is created in nature when freezing rain turns to ice on cold objects it hits. In this case it is entirely artificial. The glaze ice in these photos was formed from a sprinkler irrigation system when the temperature dropped below freezing. Still great to see, walk on, and crunch through!

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