Friday, March 05, 2010

Weekend reflections of an ice floe



There is lots of activity going on in our rivers daily with the breaking up of rivers and the movement of ice floes.
Earlier this week I spied this reflection on one of the floes in the river. Also reflected were some dark tree branches of the trees which were alongside the stream. In February 2008 I did a post on my reflections of the river ice moving out. The break up of a river is always a dramatic event. I have included much of the 2008 post below. please enjoy!

Personifications of a River Break-Up

As a child, the time of the 'ice going out' was always an anticipated event.

I can remember my brothers and I lined up by the old fence on the top of the hill; watching and listening to the drama of the powerful ice floes floating by in the river below.

This time of year, when the end of a long, cold, snowy winter is in sight; the changes taking place in the river ice are always strong reminders that there is definitely a seasonal change in the air.

The River Break Up


Pelting rains and furious winds
spurned slothful winter

and woodland streams swelled their banks
with prideful freedom

while disintegrating river ice abandoned its frozen grasp
and stretched its icy fingers towards the shore


geometric ice shapes played
layering and shuffling games

while jockeying for positions
along the swollen river banks

as tranquil mainstream remained in its solidity
reflecting in the strengthening afternoon sun

hillside grasses and dry stalks overlooked the changing scene
while springtime memories stirred in their roots

and jubilant waves and rushing rapids
raced down the river and disappeared around the bend.

source: http://naturetales.blogspot.com/2008/02/personifications-of-river-break-up.html


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4 comments:

Denise said...

Lovely series of snowy pictures. The reflections in the one are great. Think we're finally going to see an end to the last of the snow here, up to 50 degrees tomorrow and the next few days :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Excellent post.I have not seen a river break up very many times,but it is a thrill to watch.The power in that water is amazing.
Blessings,Ruth

Stephanie V said...

I have read about it but never seen - or heard - it. It must be a great display of nature working. Thanks for this series of photos...it makes it all more real.

madcobug said...

Very good pictures. I bet the sounds of that ice breaking up sounds weird. Helen