That’s So 2020 – Whisper

November 20, 2020

Frazil ice or frazil pans is a normal phenomenon on rivers which freeze over. Depending on water flow and ambient temperature, they may come and go several times, before the river is completely frozen over. This was the second hike on which we had seen them still flowing along with the current, but their time is waning, as colder air and water temperatures arrive. Still, a lovely sunlit spectacle as they float along like little icebergs, softly hissing as their soft icy edges kiss the shelf ice along the shore. The sound is like a gentle whisper, that you must strain to hear.

Whisper ©

Whispering softly, they glide right by,

soothing the soul and pleasing the eye.

Where do they come from, where do they go?

Dressed all in white, they put on a show.

In full sunlight, they are be-dazzled,

as we gaze on river all frazil-ed.

Shelf ice in foreground, as frazil ice floats down the river
Icy on the bottom, soft slush on top
Like a giant Slushie Machine
Like mini icebergs
As the cold deepens, the pans will get bigger and bigger until they join. They may float on a while longer, but time is not on their side
So nice to see the sunshine

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ 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 wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. 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 never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

24 thoughts on “That’s So 2020 – Whisper

  1. My hometown is located right on the banks of Latvia’s largest river Daugava and it was always an immense joy to explore the surrounding and see how everything changes with shifting seasons. What I love most about frazil pans which look like clusters of ice discs- they can sometimes come in beautiful shapes and sizes! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend! Is it still freezing cold in Edmonton? Aiva 🙂

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    1. There is always something new to see when you walk along a river. I agree. The ice shapes that nature creates are amazing. Thanks so much for reading Aiva. The temps are nice in Edmonton now. We had a beautiful winter forest walk yesterday at -8, today it is +2 and snowing, tomorrow +4 and Sunday, some are calling for +9. Yahoo, beach weather.🌡🌡🌡☀☀ Stay well and have a great weekend. Allan

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    1. Glad to hear things are warming up. We were above freezing here today and again tomorrow. Weatherman says +9C (48 F) on Sunday. Beach weather. Thanks for reading and commenting Scott. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Its like everything in nature is intertwined. Water, air and soil. We once saw a large portion of Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park freeze over with an alien looking spider web of dark veins running through an almost perfectly circular ice pad. It was huge. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. The Bow may be too shallow and fast flowing to form frazils. In late fall, the North Saskatchewan River slows way down and as it cools, frazils form. Thanks for reading. Allan


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