nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

ice falls

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Last weekend we took a drive along Highway 8 from Fredericton to Boisetown, a relatively new road to bypass Marysville and the older winding road along the Nashwaak River. For some of its length, the highway has been carved through bedrock and includes several impressive road cuts. I find these interesting because they show the geological formations in the bedrock. In winter, they are beautiful, a result of the frozen curtains of runoff and overland flow.

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Some of these cuts show thick ice flows, frozen waterfalls and dripping icicles.

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Most are browning in colour, probably from inclusion of sediments, but some are clear and blue.

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In a few places, it’s possible to look through gaps in the flow, and get a glimpse of the still, cold spaces lurking just out of sight.

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curtain of ice

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frozen land drools, and water

follows contours of rock

encounters cold, sculpts

cataracts and waterfalls, builds

frozen walls, solidifies

panes of glass, stitches

curtains of frost and filigree

icicle knives

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behind the curtain are caves

spaces where light glimmers,

diffuse where whispers shiver,

muted, protected from wind

glimpse inward layers

through flaws in rigid curtains

frosted shards of rock

icicle knives

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For more on ice falls, including another poem, see

https://janetims.com/2012/03/10/snippets-of-landscape-ice-falls-on-rock-walls-2/

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My best always,

Jane

Written by jane tims

February 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

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  1. magnificent pictures, Jane

    On Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 2:31 PM nichepoetryandprose jane tims posted: “Last weekend we took a drive along Highway 8 from > Fredericton to Boisetown, a relatively new road to bypass Marysville and > the older winding road along the Nashwaak River. For some of its length, > the highway has been carved through bedrock and includes se” >

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    glenna porter

    February 13, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    • Hi Glenna. The ice falls are stunning in the sun! There are also good examples on the old highway to Mactaquac.

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      jane tims

      February 13, 2019 at 7:56 pm


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