Another year’s worth of fresh water has passed under our bridges. It’s been an eventful year in many ways and to recap things sounds like more energy than I currently have to expend on something at this moment. I guess I can’t party like I used to! So, here I am limping my way across the finish line with Post number 223.
I love the way ice changes the riverscape at the Falls. Over the years, I have been a lucky witness to some interesting ice formations. On this last trip, however, the ice present seemed to cover surfaces in a glassy coating. I decided to take a walk along the river side of the Woodland Trail. It was cold, but the wind was calm which helped things a lot. I made this figure that I named “Acorn Eyes” from stuff out of my collecting bag and objects that I found along the way. The snow and ice formed a lighter background that actually helped objects to stand out more clearly.
Here’s a colorful shoe followed by a child’s playground ball I came across.
One natural object that caught my eye was this ice-covered milkweed pod. This plant is very important in the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly.
By the sycamore trees I found a spot I like that has these wonderful exposed roots. You could still see the mottled greens and whites of the tree bark through the thin coating of ice that covered them. I decided to take a few pictures here with my newest Styrofoam figure.
With as much pressure as is regularly put upon this landscape, I marvel that there are any trees here at all. The river is a powerful force washing away most everything that stands before it. Subtler still, but also very effective is the role ice plays in breaking apart the fossil rock. Water seeps into the smallest cracks and as the temperature drops below freezing, the water expands into ice, further wedging apart the gaps. In this way rock is split and broken down.
Walking along the trees that border the river, you can see the remains of logs that were washed into here during previous floods and eventually became stranded. As they decay, they release their nutrients back into the environment. I like looking for the patterns formed by the various layers deposited.
I am also looking forward to whatever the new year brings. May it be a positive and peaceful one for all. I know the river will keep life interesting for me…and I hope I can do likewise for you through this blog. See you next year!