Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cold morning at Cold Creek

Photos by Barry Wallace

Warm days and cold nights make sap run, but a recent night that dropped to -15C froze the sap in a bucket and the spigot on a maple tree, at the Cold Creek Conservation Area visitors centre.   Below, a crow provided the only sound across a frigid landscape.

Whatever the season, there are always two Cold Creeks.   The one on the high ground and the one down in the bog.   No matter the temperature, water is always percolating to the surface in the bog, bringing the distinctive orange colour of mineral iron with it.   In the bottom photo, a small pond that is fed by two or three rivulets also has a spring bringing water, minerals and sediment to the surface, where a minature atoll has formed, topped by a coating of frost.
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Barry Wallace

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