Crystalline Landscape

by Carl Strang

We don’t get many ice storms at our latitude, so yesterday’s display was an unexpected treat.

View across the prairie at Mayslake Forest Preserve.

I say “treat” knowing full well that such armor plating on plants can cause difficulties for animals trying to reach seeds, fruits and insects.

These seed heads are, for the moment, locked away.

But the sun and above-freezing temperatures soon removed most of the ice coating.

Trinity Lake.

Before that happened, the sun and ice made a rare glorious display.

Grass stems stretch graceful lines.

The commonplace is made uncommon.

Grass tops weave complicated shapes.

And yet, these shapes and patterns were there all along. One lesson is to learn not to need the sugar coating to appreciate them.

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