Frozen Wee Burn on the Lomond Hills

Oops!! – this wee burn is beginning to freeze over! Whilst out for a walk on the Lomond Hills, a couple of weekends ago, it got so cold that the wee stream (‘burn’ in Scottish) began to freeze over! (It was partially frozen from the night before.)

Burn begins to freeze

Burn begins to freeze

Sky reflecting on ice on wee burn

Sky reflecting on ice on wee burn

 

Ice encroaching small burn

Ice encroaching small burn

 

More ice encroaching wee burn

More ice encroaching wee burn

 

Frozen wee burn on Lomond Hills

Frozen wee burn on Lomond Hills

 

Frozen small burn on Lomond Hills

Frozen small burn on Lomond Hills

 

 

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85 thoughts on “Frozen Wee Burn on the Lomond Hills

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  2. Ice can be magnificent to work with! I once did a blog post on a disc of ice I turned out of a galvanized bucket one morning on my way to doing chores. If you research about how ice forms, it’s really quite fascinating! Lovely photos, Andy!

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    • Thank you Lori πŸ™‚ Ice is an amazing substance Lori, I quite agree, especially the fact that water is less dense at 0 degrees C, than it is at 4 degrees C, hence it floats on the top of ponds and lakes etc πŸ™‚

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  3. Lovely shots Andy. They reminded me of a time when my son was about 7 and we took him to Central Otago one winter. He and my husband spent a very happy morning breaking headstone-sized slabs of ice off a frozen lake and building sculptures with them. It was a beautiful clear day and they had such a good time.

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    • Thank you Helen πŸ™‚ I should really have taken some video to go with these images, it was fascinating watching the bubbles in the water flowing under the ice, you can’t really see them all that clearly in the fifth and sixth photos 😦

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    • Thanks Jo πŸ™‚ Ice is definitely a good subject to photo, as you say, endless variations and it tends not to move around too much! LOL! πŸ™‚
      It’s beginning to freeze up here as well, I think top temp tomorrow is meant to be 1 degree πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’ll find the time to get out with the camera!

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  4. So beautiful and all so different! Looks like Jack Frost worked his magic, freezing the ripples and capturing them at just the perfect moment in the “Burn begins to freeze” pic and sparking the crystals in the “Frozen wee burn on Lomonds Hills.” Thanks for sharing your part of the world!

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  5. I think I found Scooby do and a sharp nosed Jack Frost πŸ™‚ Super intricacy in nature’s patterns Andy , love the variety you’ve captured here . Looks like Scotland is set for some rather fresh temperatures πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks Poppy πŸ™‚ If it hadn’t been for Lynne, I would have missed all these amazing characters in that photo!! LOL! πŸ™‚
      We certainly did get it fairly cold yesterday, it was really nice and fresh, but alas, it’s back to the rain again today! 😦

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  6. It must really be fascinating to watch the water freeze like that Andy. Something we don’t see here much. It’s way too warm, even in winter.

    Stunning shots of the ‘wee burn’. I love the way you describe it. πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks Sophia πŸ™‚ It is an amazing thing to watch water freeze, having said that, you couldn’t literally watch it, it took about 30 mins to see a difference in the quantity of ice – I had to walk around in that time to keep warm! Lol! πŸ™‚
      Glad you like the description of it, I try to use some of the Scottish dialect where possible, it sounds much nicer to me than just plain old English πŸ™‚

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      • I bet it is. The only things that freeze here are the freezer and when it’s so hot here I feel I can just get into it and sit there until I am frozen. LOL!

        That is quite a long time and you certainly did a great job and thank you for suffering to show us these great shots. πŸ˜€

        I love it. It makes your posts so much more personal and then it feels as if I am there and you’re right, it definitely does. πŸ˜€

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      • LOL!!! I can’t imagine it getting so hot you could climb into the freezer, we are lucky in Scotland, and most of the UK, it never gets unbearably hot, even in the middle of summer, and the heat we do get, is generally a dry heat πŸ™‚ If it gets over 20 degrees C up here, everyone (not me!!) complains that it is too hot! Lol!
        Glad you like the dialect, just a shame I can’t speak Cornish as well. A wee bit of Scottish Cornish would make for some interesting sentences!! πŸ™‚

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      • Well, imagine it because it definitely does. During the day I am in and out of the pool most of the time and yesterday was cloudy and we had some rain, which I totally love. But when it’s hot it can be unbearable at times, but I am not complaining. I do prefer Autumn and Winter though. πŸ™‚

        Maybe it’s a good thing. I doubt if I will understand it. LOL! But I can only imagine what a lovely language it must be. πŸ˜€

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      • I can imagine how nice the rain must feel when it gets that hot Sophia πŸ™‚
        And I think I would also much prefer the Autumn, Winter & Spring too.
        As to the languages, I don’t think I would be able to understand it either! LOL!! If you have ever heard anyone talking in Welsh, Cornish is fairly similar. In fact, Breton, Irish Gaelic, Welsh, Cornish & Scottish Gaelic are all very similar languages, which makes sense because we all originated from the same Celtic tribes a few thousand years ago πŸ™‚

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      • Oh, it’s heaven for sure Andy. I just love the rain. πŸ˜€

        What I love about Spring is all the bugs and spiders that come out and luckily this year I didn’t have a struggle with sinus as usual. The menopause must have scared it away. hahaha!

        LOL! I don’t think I would. My stepbrother had a Scottish girlfriend and when she got angry, her Scottish accent came through and we couldn’t understand a word. LOL!

        Sounds like such a lovely language. πŸ˜€

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      • Spring is my favourite, it’s all the new fresh leaves coming out on the trees that is my favourite thing about it, but also seeing the new flowers and insects all makes it a very magical time of the year πŸ™‚
        Glad you haven’t had sinus problems this year, that must put a real dampner on Spring – at least the menopause has one advantage! πŸ™‚
        I know how you felt about your brother in laws girlfriend, I can’t understand my wife when she gets angry! Lol!! πŸ™‚

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  7. What amazing patterns in the ice. Some look just like leaf veins. Great photography! We’ve only had one really cold night here, and I did notice the puddles fwere rozen over. Perhaps – if I’d had a photographer’s eye, lik you – I might have seen some interesting patterns. πŸ™‚

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  8. The pictures are beautiful. What caught my eye was calling a stream/creek a ‘burn’. Here in the States that term is not used. However, my maiden name is Washburn. My family believes the name is Welsh and comes from long-ago relatives from living near a creek used for washing clothes. Thank you for giving pictures to a family name.

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    • Thank you Kathie πŸ™‚ That’s really interesting about your family name. As far as I am aware, the Welsh for stream or river, is ‘cornant’ or ‘afon’ respectively. And the term ‘burn’ for a stream is just a Scottish word, so maybe your family name has a more Scottish derivation πŸ™‚

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