Ice in August

We had a winter last winter, remember? As in previous winters, I decorated my little deck with ice disks and posted new ones on Facebook. When spring finally arrived, I didn’t have the heart to remind people of the winter just past so I never got around to posting an ice disk round-up here.

Raw material

Ice disk mold

Aha! I thought. When summer rolls around, we’ll be glad to look at ice disks. Well, for the last hazy, hot, and humid week or so I’ve been wishing I had an ice disk to rub on my face and maybe stick under my shirt. Unfortunately it was too hazy, hot, and humid to do any more work than I absolutely had to.

Today, however, it’s hazy and humid but not quite as hot, so here’s a little gallery of ice disks gone but not forgotten.

Ice disk season started on November 16, 2014.

20141116 disk one

First ice disk of the season

20141119 leafy disk

Leafy disk

Ice disks cast interesting shadows.

20141122 shadow 1

Around the winter solstice I put my lights up. By the end of December it was cold enough that the disks didn’t always melt during the day. It snowed now and then, but we had no idea what was coming.

20150103 snowy 3 pm

The colder the night, the thicker the disk.

The colder the night, the thicker the disk

Between the wind, the sun, and a rambunctious dog, the deck sometimes looked like an ice disk battlefield.

20150111 battlefield

Winter started in earnest at the end of January when a blizzard dumped about two feet of snow in my neighborhood. This was unusual. What was really unusual was that it didn’t melt away in a week or so. We had snow on the ground till the end of March.

20150129 night trio

On February 4, I had a septet.

20150204 septet

Life saver. This one is second from right in the septet photo above.

20150203 life saver

More night disks, mid-February.

20150212 night disks

My old point-and-shoot died of exposure when I left it out in the rain. In its time it had photographed many an ice disk. This seemed a fitting tribute.

20150214 camera 2

Maybe I’m easily amused, but I love this stuff.

20150214 more snowy

No ice disks in this one, but the lights and the snow did their own dance on the deck railing.

20150215 railing 5

Stick Travvy’s bone in an ice disk and who can blame him for trying to take it back? Not to mention that he gave up the use of his outside water dish for most of the winter so I could make dog dish ice art.

20150217 trav & boney

20150216 boney

On February 21, I set a new winter record for most ice disks: 13. Getting them all in one photo was too much of a challenge, which is why you’ll only count 12 in the bottom photo. But there really were 13. Meaning for 13 consecutive days the temperature didn’t get above freezing, even on my desk which gets direct sunlight from midmorning to late afternoon.
20150221 two rows20150220 dozen

I’ve got dozens more to choose from, but you’re feeling cooler now, right?

If it stays hazy, hot, and humid, maybe I’ll post some more in a few days.

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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3 Responses to Ice in August

  1. Helen Green says:


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  2. An amazingly great show! Who else would have the imagination to come up Ice Disks to glorify such a winter. What next?

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