Blue ice before the meltdown

Ice in the Cuyahoga River gorge in Cuyahoga Falls. Yes, it really was blue (ish).

Ice in the Cuyahoga River gorge in Cuyahoga Falls. Yes, it really was blue (ish).

When there is a sustained freeze in Cuyahoga Falls, water seeping into the stone walls of the gorge along the mighty Cuyahoga River creates these cool ice formations. And when they get thick enough, they start to take on a bluish hue. There’s a scientific explanation for this phenomenon, having to do with how sunlight refracts with the ice (water) molecules, the same principal behind why deep ocean water looks blue.

I shot this about 4 p.m. Thursday from a lookover bridge off Front Street with my little ol’ Droid Mini.

The ice was just beginning to melt yesterday, and when a chunk dropped into the river, it made a spectacular crackle that resonated throughout the gorge. A photog sharing the overlook (sporting a DSLR camera) said the sound is even more impressive along the nearby walkway that descends into the gorge. I didn’t have time to explore further then, but maybe I’ll return before it all melts away. And I’ll take my DSLR next time.

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