poetry and prose about place

snippets of landscape – ice falls on rock walls

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When highways are built, they often cut through the bedrock, leaving rock walls along the margins of the road.  If these intersect a brook or seep of water, the result is a waterfall on the face of the rock.  In spring or summer, rains can create wild cataracts.  In winter the water freezes, building frozen walls of blue-shadowed ice.  In sunlight, especially when they begin to melt, these ice falls are dazzling.



one warm hand


icicles seep between

layers of rock frozen

curtains separate

inner room from winter storm

glass barrier between blue

light and sheltered eyes

memory of water flows

along the face of the rock

one warm hand melts ice

consolation, condensation

on the inward glass



© Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

March 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

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  1. Fantastic scenery and verse!


    Watching Seasons

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    • Hi. Those frozen falls are running water this week. Lots of melting going on. Jane


      jane tims

      March 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  2. I love this post, Jane. I’ve always thought those icicles along the rock walls of roadways were bits of beauty, nature’s way of decorating.



    March 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    • Hi Robin. Decorations! They are certainly beautiful. I was sorry the sun wasn’t out on the day I took the photos, because they can be truly dazzling. Jane


      jane tims

      March 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  3. What a beautiful poem! I love that wall of ice.



    March 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    • Hi. I’m glad you like my poem. I was just looking at your site and although it is far from New Brunswick, your sunset scene looks like the lake at our summer property. Have a look at the category ‘along the shore’ and the post ‘ice is nice’ for December 21, 2011. Your painting looks like you were standing on the next peninsula from ours, looking in the same direction. Jane


      jane tims

      March 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  4. Jane, I have enjoyed looking at your photos. Although, really enjoying watch the ice melt the last few days. Happy late winter/early spring…



    March 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    • Hi Kathy. My husband says the snow here will be gone by the end of the week. melting….. Jane


      jane tims

      March 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  5. Stunning photos… Thank you. Here in Connecticut we have many trout brooks and rocky outcroppings. There are some magical places where this happens here too…although the only place I ever saw this type of ice was up at Whetstone Brook on it’s three falls. The enormity of the falls and the ice and the power of the restrained water seeping through is something to behold. I’m so glad you were able to capture a bit of it to share with us all.


    Merrill Ann Gonzales

    March 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    • Hi. Waterfalls everywhere are great. In summer, these waterfalls over rock cuts are sometimes quite temporary, depending on the recent rains. Thanks for visiting my site. Jane


      jane tims

      March 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      • Hi, Jane, Thanks to Ellen I found your site. It is surely something I’ll be looking forward to.


        Merrill Ann Gonzales

        March 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  6. Reblogged this on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin and commented:
    This Post is by Jane Tims, reblogged with her kind permission. Jane is a botanist and writer; from New Brunswick, Canada.


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    March 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

  7. Love this, Jane! What a beautiful poem…”blue light”…”consolation, condensation”

    May I reblog on “Poems From Oostburg?”

    Best wishes, Ellen


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    March 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Hi Ellen. Yes, you have my permission to reblog on your site and I know you’ll credit me! Thanks for your comment! Jane


      jane tims

      March 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

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