Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

An Icicle of a Different Hue


Down by the river, I found an icicle that looked a little different from the rest.

icicle alder-2

A rather putrid yellow colour, granted, but none the less a curiosity: it was on an alder tree that looked like it was fighting a bit of a battle with decay and fungus.

icicle alder 2-2

The icicle had formed from an oozing cankerous growth (sorry were you having your breakfast whilst reading this?)

icicle alder 1-2

And I’ve since noticed a spine of bracket fungus in the fork of this tree (which is better than having it on your stairs.) I might have to return for a closer look.

I’d set out to go and look at the icicles in a ‘cattle creep’ under the railway line that Mr Uhdd had discovered on his run, they weren’t the easiest things to photograph, but here they are.


icicle 1-2

cattle creep-2

This morning it rained leaving the roads and pavements glazed with ice and now we are wrapped in low cloud, but the snow is melting and the blackbirds can at last get to the leaf litter to forage for food. We may even manage to see some grass soon.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “An Icicle of a Different Hue

  1. You never know what you’ll find when you go out, but there’s always something intereting. These knock the ‘chilly willy’ into a cocked hat. They’re amazing!

  2. Wow, creepy and fascinating at the same time! The bottom photos remind me Dracula fangs.

  3. I was eating lunch, but nonetheless interesting story on icicle coloration. It’s warming a bit here too, luckily without the ice on the roads, but will funky icicles starting to form. Some are posted on my blog today.

  4. We may have fungus on the stairs but fortunately, no icicles!

    Actually, we have none outside either. All our snow has gone though the air is cold enough to suggest that we might have more.

  5. I think you’ve managed to capture them quite well – love that third image especially.

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  7. Icicles are just fascinating. Just what is it about dripping water and cold weather that produces these sparkling tapered objects.

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