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Watch Idaho's Redfish Lake Freeze In Seconds In This Cool Timelapse Video

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The view from the webcam at the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association. The camera caught the freeze on Redfish Lake in late December.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to watch a mountain lake freeze before your eyes, you're in luck. A timelapse video of Redfish Lake shows the ice creeping across the water in a matter of seconds.

The webcam responsible for catching this footage is set up by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association. Gary Gadwa is in charge of the nonprofit.

“We wanted to have another way for people to see and enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Redfish Lake and the Sawtooths," says Gadwa. "The center was the perfect location for a webcam.”

He says the National Weather Service in Boise gets credit for turning the individual images -- shot over four days the last week of December -- and creating a 47-second timelapse video. The video has had more than 30,000 views since posting two days ago.

Gadwa says the video shows how Redfish didn't freeze until December 30, which is at least a few weeks later than usual. He points out one other thing: at the 28-second mark you get a glimpse of a figure in the snowy foreground. Gadwa jokes it's the "Sawtooth Sasquatch" making a cameo, but it's really just a person who happened to be caught on camera.

Find reporter Frankie Barnhill on Twitter @FABarnhill

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.