Look Down! What is that?
Imagine a beautiful sunny day. You lay on your back in perfect green grass, while a warm breeze blows across your skin. Fluffy clouds pass by as you and your friend begin to see shapes and figures of puffy bunnies, hearts, and elephants.
Oops, scratch all that. Instead of looking up, let’s look down and instead of being a perfect summer day, think of stepping into a frigid meat locker, with temps below zero. Now you are getting close.
There is something strange down there in the frigid water. Formations like no other seem to appear, to the patient observer. What follows are six bizarre formations recently found in Southern Illinois.
1. Under the Microscope
Devil’s Kitchen Lake – On the sandstone banks of the deepest lake in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, this weird conglomeration of worm-like material looks like what you would see under your high school biology microscope.
Instead they are strange ice-formations that live in a small pool on the cold sandstone. Although it may look like you are looking through a microscope, you are not. The middle work-like formation is over six inches long.
2. Hump-Day Camel
Giant City State Park – Giant City is full of little streams and places where ice can freeze. This unusual formation was spotted on the stream that passes by the StoneFort trail.
Some people have suggested that it looks like the Imperial Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back. Others say it reminds them of the now famous “hump-day” camel. What do you think?
3. Alien Baby
Ferne Clyffe State Park – The main stream at Ferne Clyffe plunges off the main falls and winds it way through a sandstone jungle that is home to many bizarre ice formations. This one was recently spotted when the wind chill plummeted to -10 degrees.
Some people say it resembles a fetus, while others say it is just too freakish for it to occur naturally, but it does. The cold does strange things to water when it flows underneath a layer of thin ice.
4. Emoji Meltdown?
Giant City State Park – What does it mean? Is it a drunken three-eyed smiley face or some ancient writing depicting some long-forgotten symbol. We may never know, but what we do know is that the randomness of ice is truly amazing.
5. Into the Depths
Devil’s Kitchen Lake – On a popular earlier post (Polar Vortex Creates 3 Amazing Frozen Waterfalls) there was a photo of the Rocky Bluff Falls. The photo above was taken on the same day, but it from the backside looking into the internal make-up of the icefall.
If you look closely at how frozen waterfalls are put together, you will soon be amazed on how many icicles make the interior of the icefall. Peering inside these structures, you will begin to see shapes and images that will keep you searching for long periods of time.
6. That’s Weird!
Ferne Clyffe State Park – This may be by far the strangest sighting out of the six. Located in the creek below the main waterfall at Ferne Clyffe, this multi-jointed ice formation is just bizarre. Discoveries like this that make you want to spend hours looking up and down creeks for the strange and unusual.
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