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winter water-scape

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On our drive to Black’s Harbour this past Monday, we took the cross-country highway #785.  It travels directly to the southern part of the province through the woods.

Many streams cross the roadway.  All are lined in snow, but the center channel is just a sheet of ice away in most streams and rivers.  In some cases, the water is moving so swiftly, the ice has been breached by the flow.  The result is a carved ice-world of frozen water.  At these openings in the frozen river, you can catch a glimpse of the winter water-scape: the layers of ice, the icicles and frosted caverns beneath the smooth upper layer of ice and snow.

winter stream


winter water-scape


under the ice

the river registers

its sinew


carves a crystal path

between layers

of frost


transparent panes

of polished glass,

lofted by pillars of ice


ice caverns, edged by froth

a mingling of winter breath

and river tears


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

February 1, 2013 at 7:19 am

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  1. Beautiful, Jane. 🙂



    February 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  2. Pleasant imagery- the ice is so interesting to study, too.


    Watching Seasons

    February 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    • Hi Tracy. Thanks. Ice also changes day by day… hard to keep a single image in mind…. Jane


      jane tims

      February 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  3. Interesting phrasing “registers its sinew” as if the river has a fibrous, living, breathing construct to it. You sent me to my dictionary…I love that!



    February 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

    • Hi. Thanks for the specific comment… I think of water bodies as living things. They certainly have the power to shape their surroundings! Jane


      jane tims

      February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

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