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.
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.