Having seen Texas's mysterious Marfa Lights appearing from nowhere, dancing around, changing color, and disappearing in an open field, I'm fascinated by odd light phenomena. I understand that marshes sometime display a Will-o'-the-Wisp, when rising gases from submerged decaying plants spontaneously ignite in contact with oxygen. I would love to see that happen and will be watching this marsh closely in winter evenings. If anyone knows about such things and can tell me when conditions are optimal, please leave a comment.
Surface ice forms in interesting patterns around the reeds.
Steps lead from the marsh to a mountain hiking trail.
If the mountain in the background looks vaguely familiar you may be remembering an earlier post of the top favorite of all my favorite places—Thumsee. This marsh is just across the street from Thumsee. If you'd like to revisit Thumsee, please visit the archives for Freud and I Share 'A Little Piece of Paradise,' October 29, 2009 or click here.