Cottonwood Creek is starting to open up at both ends of Nelkason Lake. This is the lower, western end. There were hundreds of ducks about, but they wouldn't let me get close enough to catch them.
Below: the ice crystals are fractalizing in the lengthening days- sunlight and warmth.
A new shoot sticks its head above water in one of the pools near shore where the ice is gone.
An ice crystal spiral.
Looking down Cottonwood Creek, toward lower Neklason Lake, also known locally as Mud Lake.