Frozen Floes

It would be nice to be able to explain in detail how this bizarre coalescence of ice floes (one with a fringe of hoar frost crystals) got welded together, but I can't. Photographed with a 4x5 camera after a night of twenty below temperatures. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wallowa Lake usually froze over in a typical winter, often for months and sometimes until April. An ice cover three feet thick was not unusual.


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