My son and I were hiking up at our family cottage on Georgian Bay and we came across a frozen stream that had some really interesting frozen patterns in the ice.
There were areas of intricate ice crystals and areas with really ice texture swirl patterns and ice bubble textures. We stopped for a while to take a closer look at the ice crystal designs in the frozen stream – and of course capture a few macro ice crystal photos.
It looked like the ice texture patterns were caused by a mix of freezing in cold temperatures and thawing due to the flowing water in the stream. This resulted in a formation of large visible ice crystals along with some delicate macro ice crystal formations and the swirl and bubble textures.
This series of macro ice crystal designs was not photographed with a macro lens. I just used a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera with the kit 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6mm lens. The camera settings were 1/250s, f/8.0 and ISO 2500 (it was overcast and late in the day).