A river runs through it!

We’ve had some extreme winter weather here in northeast Ohio. For the past two months, the river that runs through the park where I take my regular photo walks has been frozen over. This is what it looked like earlier this month:

Through the park where I take my photo walks. It has been filled with this ice jam for the last two months, and it isn't running anywhere very fast. This bridge is about a mile from Lake Erie, which the ice will reach ...hopefully without causing too much flood damage along the way.

Pretty dramatic, isn’t it? One Sunday morning in December, we discovered that an ice jam had clogged several miles of the river, from miles above the park where I snapped this picture to where the river empties into Lake Erie about a mile from this site. And it stayed clogged up for a couple of frigid months. Here is another view:

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Yesterday, on my walk in the park, I could hear running water as the trail approached the river, and, to my delight, the ice jam was gone. Plenty of ice blocks are still hung up on the banks of the river, and they are looking pretty ugly! The river was actually more interesting filled with jumbled blocks of ice and snow, but as frozen March segues into warm April sunshine, we begin to see signs of spring. The redwing blackbirds are singing; soon there will be daffodil and crocus shoots poking up through the snow (or mud), and we’ll truly know that winter is a thing of the past. For a few more months at least. The end of the ice jam of 2014 is just one more sign of spring. Hallelujah!

Carolyn aka Skip

P.S. If you want to see more wintry pictures, click on one of these photos to open up my SmugMug gallery.

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  1. Amazing – my brother-in-law has been keeping us posted from Michigan. Your weather has been unreal this year! Great shots too!!

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