Did you know that in colder parts of the world, winter can leave a deep cover of snow on the ground and ice on rivers?
When the weather warms up and the ice in rivers begins to melt, it breaks into pieces that float down the river. At the same time, water from melting snow flows into rivers, causing floods.
As large chunks of ice float downstream, they can pile up near narrow passages or obstructions such as bridges, forming an ice dam.
On Saturday morning, my husband John and I went on a 5 mile hike in our town of Hillsborough, NH looking for this phenomena.
We were not disappointed. We walked along Jones Rd to the stone arch bridge, and found our first ice jam.
There was water flowing under only half of the bridge, but no threat of flooding at all.
We continued on to Beard Brook Rd, following Beard Brook. The most beautiful ice formations came into view.
We also saw the largest ice cube of our lives!
As we journeyed on to the Beard Brook Stone Arch Bridge, I got cold, and had to walk fast to stay warm. It was about 20 degrees out. Having lost my excess weight, I need to keep moving!
We were rewarded at the next bridge with beautiful ice formations and fast moving water. No ice jams at this spot!
To me, there is nothing better than finding beauty in my own back yard! Where do you find beauty? Let me know!
All photos by John and Jackie Stetser