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Ice Breakup, Over The Weir!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I was so very happy Mom and I could get down to the weir to see the ice break up and go over the weir. We had been seeing lots of broken pieces and chafe coming down river already, so we knew it was happening and got down there fast.

There was lots of debris churning around in the backwash:

Mom liked this one with a piggyback going over:

These two large pieces, on dark were neat:

I was happy the telephoto was working well on my little camera to capture this:

This tree branch was churned up as a flow was going over:

It would come in bunches and with so much already churning around in the backwash, it was really noisy:

Big pieces would break off before going over:

A buoy line must have been broken as there were four barrels and some white balls roiling around. The barrels broke free eventually and were floating down stream:
Today, it was supposed to go up to 15 C (59), but as of noon hour, Mom said it was still cold and windy. With the cloud blocking the warmth of the sun, doubt it will go up much more. We hope to go for a walk later after getting some groceries.
I saw a beaver across the river this morning in the off leash dog area, but even with binoculars, it was hard to make out, but knew when the round black blob slid into the water that was what is was.
One thing that has been really disturbing us was all the dogs coming down to the ice edge, trying to drink and then falling in, but the ice was too thick for them to crawl back up. Fortunately, all the owners were able to lay on the ice and pull them up. One large retriever was struggling for quite some time before the owner at the top of the hill came down to rescue it.. There are these large ice berms all over on the north facing side of the river:

Hope everyone has a great day!

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  • PCOH051610
    Great photos yet again! Thanks to you a lot of us are getting to see things we wouldn't have the chance to see. Glad to hear the dogs were all rescued although I'd be a bit wary of letting my dog off leash when the ice is that unpredictable. Never mind the threat of a beaver attack. Have heard of several dogs attacked by beavers and who later died from the bites.

    2357 days ago
  • FIT-AT-50
    Fascinating. Thanks for sharing. This southern girl has ventured into your parts a few times in past summers, but never have been to Canada early enough to catch the beauty of the ice.

    2358 days ago
  • REJ7777
    The power of nature is so awesome! Looking at your photos brought back memories of how impressive it is to see and hear ice break over a fall. All that's missing is the thunderous sound, which is quite impressive in itself! Glad you got to see it!
    2358 days ago
    Great pictures - you've captured the atmosphere well! emoticon emoticon
    2358 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your pictures. I can almost hear the churning water! Amazing. Now, if you could have gotten a video, lol!
    I am glad you got to go out and see it!
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    2358 days ago
  • ALLEY2300
    What amazing pictures! It does make you respect the power of water and nature! How lucky you are to live near that!
    2359 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Hi Linda,
    We live here near the Mississippi River and I learned to respect the water a very long time ago--the undercurrent of this magnificent river is so fast and powerful that it frightens me to be too close. We also have a secondary river and a couple of tertiary rivers here that flow in to the Mississippi. It is flood season right now after all of the snow to the north and our own contributions. It hasn't been as awful as they predicted though, my guess is because it wasn't a fast thaw this year.
    As someone else commented here, this is all great stuff because the end of the cold weather is coming. YAY!!
    Gentle hugs,
    2359 days ago
    Powerful and interesting pictures! You live in an area very different from my spot in the world. I am so glad you are good with the camera and computer pictures. Perhaps someday I will learn!! -Marsha
    2359 days ago
  • MUSIC66
    awsome pictures.
    2359 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953
    You can see the power of that river and almost hear the roar from your pictures. That would be awful to watch the dogs falling in. Enjoy your warm weather while it lasts, it's supposed to cool down here tomorrow, back to normal temps.
    2359 days ago
    Amazing photos -the power of water is amazing
    2359 days ago
    Wow, the power of water! Bye bye Winter, welcome Spring!
    2359 days ago
    Soo glad that all the dogs were OK!

    And: now the ice is out, spring is really here!
    2359 days ago
    OH THANKS!!! I know this is PURE joy, seeing the ice going, because your winter orgy is OVER and warm weather is on its way!!!
    2359 days ago
    Linda, I loved seeing the pictures! Your story about the dogs made me remember one of my childhood memories. Living near Lake Michigan, a poodle fell off the pier one winter, and his owner jumped in to save him! The little poodle swam to safety, but his master drowned. I was told that story by my mom when it happened, and I've always been respectful of the ice and weather on water because of it. It's beautiful, but it's not kind when you fall into it at the wrong time, is it!? emoticon
    2359 days ago
    Cool pictures!!! emoticon
    2359 days ago
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