That’s So 2020 – If You are Feeling Frazil-ed – Take a Hike

These photos were taken during our October 26, 2020 hike.

As the fall deepens and winter threatens to firm its grip on the city and the river, one sees signs of our winter future everywhere. During our walk, we saw frazil pans starting to form in the flowing water. These will likely disappear over the next few days as temperatures finally rise up to 14 C, if one can believe the weatherman.

We got up close and personal with the frazil ice on the portion of our walk near Fort Edmonton, popping out on the river bank to watch it float by. As it touched the frozen ice along the shore, you could hear the soft hissing sound like an icy kiss.

Feeling Frazil-ed ©

If you are feeling frazil-ed, you need to take a hike,

we are almost certain, you will see something you like.

A walk along leafy paths will soothe your weary soul,

and tiny little details will make your picture whole.

Pausing for some reflection may change your point of view,

raising your low spirits and making you feel brand new.

Frazils floating down river. Some reflections still show on the calm water between.
Like mini ice bergs
Looking back toward Rio Terrace, our usual starting place for this hike. Startling reflections, nonetheless.
This shot was taken from the Fort Edmonton footbridge, looking East. A gravel bar or rock was very near the surface of the water, causing a bit of a white water ride for the frazils
The late autumn sun reflects off the river at the Terwillegar footbridge
Like platelets in an icy bloodstream
the view from the top of the South river bank in Riverbend
Shelf ice gets a hold on the shore

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

22 thoughts on “That’s So 2020 – If You are Feeling Frazil-ed – Take a Hike

  1. Beautiful photographs. Lovely poem and so true a walk does help. I loved your platelet photo, so true looked a lot like that. Have a blessed day. Love ❤️ to you and your family. ⭐️🤗🎁🎄🎄🎁Joni

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    1. I agree. It came and went about three times this year before the river froze over. I love the soft whispering sounds as the frazils slide by each other and by the shelf ice. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  2. Beautiful photos, Allan. Winter is the most magical season. Yes, I know it’s cold. Yes, your hands go numb and your nose now looks like the famous Christmas reindeer’s. But, you’ve got the Holiday, gingerbread cookies and the snow! Thanks for sharing an hope you had a lovely Christmas day, my friend 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks. Funny, but other than a couple of days, it has not yet been too cold. Christmas Eve Day was +6 C and Christmas Day was +1, pretty good for these parts. Had a great Christmas, tanks, very different and yet somehow better. Hope our family had many great Christmas 2020 memories. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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    1. Frazils are more often found on rivers (as in the case of my post) or on lakes where turbulent river waters enter or exit. I have seen smaller frazils forming around reed stems on a lake, where the water is in motion due to wind, but never seen big frazils on a lake. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Allan

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