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Ice patterns in frozen pond - more odd phenomena -

"God's speech, says St. Maximos, is not loose chatter, for though we were
all to speak at length, we still would not have uttered the equivalent of
a single word of God." (St Peter of Damaskos in the Philokalia, trans.
Palmer, Sherrard, Ware.)

And were there no God whatsoever, one speaks simultaneously of the speech
and muteness of nature, that is to say, what is revealed, and what remains
behind after revelation. And the revelation is our own, what is revealed
to each and every one of us, in relation and intimacy to nature, to a
natural which has pre- and post-existed us. Now,

Whatever caused the circular rings in the pond ice? There's one outlet
only, yet the pattering is different than elsewhere. I wonder if the
overall shape of the pond or its location - winds moving slowly? might
have something to do with this. lestwe jpgs (# 06 and 07 are unrelated). au jpgs (odd contrail, more ice circles). zzzz jpgs (Second Life still life oddity).

There are objects, it seems at the center of two of the concentric rings,
but not at the third - perhaps an underwater object?

Perhaps there's a wave resonance set up somehow so that the rings are the
result of standing waves, interference, and so forth?

The wind seems to below strongly here (Aurora, CO), but the pond is lower
than the surrounding area - perhaps the hollow itself is resonant?

Perhaps this isn't an odd phenomenon at all, but I haven't seen this
pattern in Pennsylvania ponds, for example (or upper NY state, Canada,

Then there is the contrail with its peculiar development, and then there
were those animal prints, and then an odd halo phenomenon around 100 deg-
rees from the vertial, and then...

Too many things, too much confusion, I'm being toyed with. -

And Second Life? More frozen confusion; I had difficulty extricating my-
self this time. -

Send URLs - your pond pattern pictures!

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