I went yesterday afternoon to a little lake at the top of a mountain. As I approached it — I had to hike in — I heard a remarkable current of noise, a sound that could almost be described as a forest of tiny windchimes all ringing at the same time. As I got closer to the water, I saw what was causing it… the spring thaw was in full-force and for some reason, the ice on this lake had formed in quartz-like crystals — there were innumerable bunches of tiny ice shards sticking straight up out of the water. The sound was of millions of these little floating crystals all gently undulating, nudging against each other in the gentle waves, each diminutive tap making a tiny bell-like sound.
It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen or heard. Unfortunately, the pictures I got don’t do it justice and I didn’t have any sound recording equipment.
I won’t forget it for a very long time.