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Ice Jams and their symetry

Monday, February 04, 2013

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
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  • DS9KIE
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    I miss teh icey rivers in New Emgland. I always liekd when you found hanging ice - ice that formed a layer during a hight flow melt event. And then the river stage lowered and leaves the ice layer just hanging in the air.
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  • 68ANNE
    Awesome and beautiful
    1904 days ago
    What a lovely photo-blog! I have never seen an "ice-jam," though it certainly is logical how they occur. Thank you for posting the photos!

    Like you, I enjoy finding the beauty in my own back yard. This is prime hiking season in the desert environment where I live and I love the fall-winter-spring when I can enjoy loads of outdoor activities without driving up to the mountains.
    1904 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    I love nature and I do know about ice, as our home is in northern MN on the water. The rivers can be very dangerous as well as the lakes. They are all spring feed and you can have open water and not even see it. Oh yes I do so love nature and all she offers even these beautiful dangerous ones.
    Love your photos and the great share. I enjoy you triggering my memories and interest...fun!
    1904 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Very interesting- I enjoyed reading this. Thank you.
    1904 days ago
    Oh WOW! Those are really amazing!! What a treat to get to see that in person. Thanks for sharing.
    1904 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your winter walk. emoticon
    1905 days ago
    I think that's funny that you went looking for it. We deal with it ever year up here and the flooding that goes with it. It certainly isn't unusual to have flood warning during a winter storm.

    But we live in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Blessed with clean water and clean air, wildlife and enough space to snowshoe, hike, ski, whatever!

    Anyone can find beauty whereever they live. Just open your eyes!
    1905 days ago
    Your pictures are gorgeous. My sister and brother-in-law have a home in Washington, NH on a river; so I get to see some beautiful scenery when I visit. BUT, I have never gone up in winter. Fortunately, I am able to find beauty just about anywhere - in the face of an older woman laughing, out my back door, at the beach, the stunning brownstones of Back Bay, the joy of a little one unwrapping a gift. You pointed out so well that all we have to do is notice it. Thanks.
    1905 days ago
    I live in NH and see them all the time, but I never knew what they were called.
    1905 days ago
    Gorgeous pictures of God's handiwork! I remember as a student nurse in MN we'd walk down to the banks of the Mississippi River and there were tons of ice jams. Going through LaCrosse on the way to Winona you travel over the might Mississippi and as January and February progressed, the ice floes would start there too.

    HUGS and here's to a great Monday.
    1905 days ago
    Beautiful, I love to explore our back yard also. God's masterpiece at work
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  • RD03875
    We get those up in the Conway/N. Conway area too. Glad you got see some.
    1905 days ago
    thanks for sharing. I miss living up in New England and can re-live it through your pictures and blogs.
    1905 days ago
    Ah the North country! How I do NOT miss you :). Magnificent pictures
    1905 days ago
    Jackie, thank you for the goodie yesterday, and thank you for today that your affair and John's with seasons where I dare not tread, are keeping up with nature and the Lord!
    1905 days ago
    How beautiful! I haven't seen snow and ice like that in over 45 years. Thank you for sharing .
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