There’s so much happening here! For starters, the deepest arm of Lake Thunderbird, which would freeze over completely the very next day, still was warm enough to remain mostly liquid, wafting lake-effect vapors of cloud condensation into the sub-zero cold. A mix of spray and cloud riming left ice coating these grasses and bushes, which wore skirts of ice deposited (and planed off at the bottom) by wave action. Those skirts, in turn, had tassels in the form of stubby icicles. Snow also stuck to some of it all, and within hours, began accumulating on the iced-over lake itself. For as damaging and unpleasant as this massive outbreak of cold air was, just a month and a half after the New Years Day snow event, beauty still could be found in peculiar forms.