What is it? Needle Ice.
Needle ice is a natural phenomenon which occurs when the temperature of the soil is above freezing and the surface temperature of the air is below freezing. The subterranean liquid water is brought to the surface via capillary action, where it freezes and contributes to a growing needle-like ice column.
While growing, they may lift or push away small soil particles as you can clearly see in the first 3 photos. On sloped surfaces, needle ice may be a factor contributing to soil creep.
Although we're moving into warmer months, if we happen upon another cold spell, keep your eyes to the ground and you may get to see this phenomenon.
Hampton Hills - Adam Run Trail
A fantastic trail for those who like to push themselves.
We went on one of the first warm days of the season, trekking through the slush and (mostly) mud, all the way to the 'Top of the World' and back!
This trail takes you through valleys, up cliffs, through meadows, it has it all.
Spangler snow hike
A fresh heavy snow covered the woods.
To make the hike more interesting, we decided to traverse the lower Spangler trail (the section which crosses Rathburn Run numerous times) and catch the Education trail up.
Solo in the snow
Back on February 8th we got a beautiful icy snow layer, the first in a while. As soon as I bundled up in layers I made a b-line to the park. The snow came down in the big beautiful flakes. The wind nipped my nose. Alone in the park I could hear every creak of the trees, every flake of snow landing on each leaf. It was a magical morning.
There's something about cutting out a few hours for yourself that can be so rejuvenating.
To allow your mind to wander and sort. To breathe in the fresh air. To gaze upon trees much older than you that will, more than likely, outlive you.
I find walking (along with other various exercises) has given me more energy, helped me think clearer (and analyze things in a productive positive light), and I have started sleeping through the whole night.
There's many reasons for people to walk...
for health, for meditation, for exercise, for pets
it doesn't matter what your reason is, as long as you do it!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.