Back in the beaver ponds the ice is flat and sometimes the water level drops before it can freeze all the way across.
Most years we don’t get to see the ice like this. Most years we have snow and it’s all covered up.
While the ice forms gradually in places like the beaver ponds, it builds quickly below the spillway, where a constant shower splashes onto cold rocks.
Water freezes on everything down here, coating sticks so thickly they either break under the accumulated weight or get swallowed up, not to be seen again until spring.
Eventually this ice will turn milky white, once snow starts mixing in, but it remains crystal clear.
Meteorological winter — the coldest (on average) 90 days of the year — has begun. Embrace it, endure it, or leave. For now, we embrace.