Usually, when I hear that pretty tinkling sound, it’s coming from my neighbor’s wind chimes that sing like the wind in Costa Rica.
Imagine my surprise in hearing the wind chime song from ice breaking up on a big lake on a cold gray windy New Year’s Eve.
The wind blew in from the north, and with temps in the high 20’s, a thin layer of ice on the west shore of Hubbard Lake began to crack and drift apart. I ventured out with my camera.
And while the pictures are cool, what I will always remember is how pretty that sound was on the lakeshore. I’ve never heard anything quite like that from a lake.
Later that evening, the wind was howling and the ice changed to garish crunching and cracking which, despite a full moon, sent me back inside to find the memory of my special winter wind chimes that, to me, were singing Happy New Year!