Pancake Ice

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Comments (16)

Steven H. O. Jones on February 8, 2011

Pancake ice forms on Lake Ontario during the coldest part of winter shortly after there has been a significant snowfall. The rounded shapes are formed from the floating islands of ice bashing into each other from wave action. The foreground "pancakes" are each a little longer than a metre in length, but it's doubtful they could support much weight.

Mr. Seiko Slow Biker… on February 8, 2011

Hi Jones, very nice pictures, thanks for making it possible to see this particular phenomenon,ciao

Derek Holzapfel on February 8, 2011

Nice, now this is really different. Thanks for the education as I had never heard of "pancake ice". I bet they will have yellow sunshine syrup soon? cheers Derek

Steven H. O. Jones on February 10, 2011

The yellow syrop came, though stepping on these "pancakes" might prove to be a little sticky! I'd prefer having a wet suit to see the side where they're better cooked. Indy

Artur Drogosz on February 10, 2011

Interesting photo!!! LIKE

Steven H. O. Jones on February 10, 2011

Thanks, Mr. Seiko...This phenomenon is quite unusual because the conditions only come a few days each year. But in the Arctic and Antarctic, pancake ice is often seen. Ciao, Indy

Steven H. O. Jones on February 22, 2011

Hi Auggie: Only a few days left when nature is still serving pancakes. Get 'em while they're cold! Thanks for your comments. Best wishes, Indy

Steven H. O. Jones on February 26, 2011

Thanks, Auggie, for the correction. I don't know how I managed to mess this one up! Standing corrected, Indy

odeveld on March 12, 2011

Hello Indonesia Jones,

I give this a VOTE and LIKE because it's a beautiful natural phenomenon that deserves to be shown!

Regards, Odeveld

elena ceccotti on March 13, 2011


Steven H. O. Jones on March 16, 2011

Thank you, helenka17. I've been enjoying your gallery too - interesting angles of view! Greetings from Canada, Indonesia Jones

☼❄ bergkristall ❆ ☼ on March 29, 2011

sehr schönes Phänomen bei mir im Harz ist das gelegentlich an der Bode auch zu sehen wenn man Glück hat LIKE,Favorit und Bewertet

Boris Jurišić on March 31, 2011

Vote and Like


Steven H. O. Jones on April 1, 2011

Thank you for your vote, NoleDjole! Greetings from Canada, Indonesia Jones

Steven H. O. Jones on April 1, 2011

Thank you, bergkristall, for your kindness. The picture just presented itself when I took the photo. Best wishes from Canada, Indonesia Jones

TEREZA1957 on June 24, 2012

imagem interessante! é a natureza. muito legal. abraço

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 8, 2011
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    by Steven H. O. Jones
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.732
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash