Thaw brings ice and fog.

A mild night and as expected, the rising river broke up the ice and floated some of it ashore overnight. I have been waiting for years to see this event but it always seems to happen overnight for some reason. One spectacular thing about today from a photographer’s standpoint is the fog that formed as warm air hit the relatively cold ground and river. This came and went in a low-lying layer and changed quickly so that you could actually wait for the most photogenic formation.

Ice pushed ashore - not very thick compared to some years.

Ice pushed ashore – not very thick compared to some years.

As this is a fairly brief thaw, much of the ice above the weir has remained in place and will create a large dam once the weather turns colder. Spring might bring the promise of a spectacular flood.

Ducks wait onshore for calmer waters.

Ducks wait onshore for calmer waters.

Birds were very much in evidence today with starlings and robins foraging in the newly visible grass while ducks found open water a bit too rough.

Robins look for food.

Robins look for food as fog ebbs and flows over the cold water.

A small pool catches a reflection in the woods.

A light layer of mist adds an air of mystery to the woods.

Trees reflect in the saturated ground.

Trees reflect in the saturated ground.

Back to winter tomorrow!

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