27 January 2007

When the Temperature Drops

ice sconce spout
Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
Earlier this week, I was in Hermiston to help with training. This small, agricultural community was a new location for me to explore. Hermiston sits near the McNary Dam overlooking the Columbia River in eastern Oregon, and likes to favors itself with the title of "Watermelon Capital of the World."

When I first passed this water fountain, I did a double-take. What was that? The cold, winter temps and lack of wind provide the perfect conditions for an evergrowing ice sculpture that will slowly thaw as spring approaches. In the meantime, the row of bubbling geyers adds a playful element.

fountain of ice

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