Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday photo

Ice on sidewalk. Ypsilanti, Michigan, March 2011.

The sidewalk was a bit treacherous when I came home Wednesday evening, but it offered some visual interest to offset the navigational hazard. My first thought was that the ice seems to have formed with a lot of air pockets inside, whose tops have melted away and created all these little pits. But that's probably wrong - I think these pits were melted by the salt pellets scattered by the maintenance men, which is a disappointingly artificial process. So back to the imagination: if you picture China as somehow disintegrating into a hundred archipelagos, that long connected section to the right almost resembles a map of Japan ....

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