Daily winter visits to Halibut Point reveal unpredictable transformations of water into ice and snow, as rearranged by wind and sun.
On this day the coldest elements have solidified in an arc around cattails. A pressure fringe along the rim outlines an ice field floating like a diminutive polar continent.
The variety of ways that water freezes makes a fairy-tale science of crystallization. When it happens in the clouds we get snow which, falling in moderate amounts, accentuates earth lines and colors.