One of the really interesting things to observe yesterday was the different forms and shapes of ice on the Pine River. The first picture shows the base of some cedar trees just across from where Ellen and I ate our lunch. I always think it's interesting to see how those layers froze when the water was higher, and then broke away, but the edges remain.
These little branches caught in the middle of the river were ice-coated from the spray of a little riffle.
In another location, there was a jig-saw puzzle of an ice shelf still in place at the river's edge.
I think this is the most interesting of all. This ice shelf has "sunk." I know, ice floats... but I suspect that it was sucked under by a current and somehow got lodged under a log or something. Look at how the sand has collected on top of the ice. The ripples that we are used to seeing in the sand on a river bed are forming on top of the ice! Nature is always full of surprises and/or science!
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