Ice Flower on the Kananaskis River, AB (Canada), Feb. 24, 2012
The Kananaskis River is a beautiful, steep mountain stream. It is regulated for hydro-power production, with water levels varying up to 1 m (~3 ft) each day. As the water level drops, ice is left stranded at higher levels, and this combined with some melting on warm days, creates some beautiful and peculiar ice formations.
Here PhD student Jennifer Nafziger, has captured a lovely perched ice flower. Notice also the delicate ice leaf on the twig in the background.
(photo by Jennifer Nafziger, UofA River Ice Group: Canon PowerShot SD4500, f/5.6, ISO – 200, FL 63 mm, 1/250 sec. exposure duration)