Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

River Ice


When was the last time I saw a river start to ice over around here? Well I can remember taking photos of it on my Olympus Trip camera, which I was given for my 18th Birthday and as I was given an Olympus OM10 for my 21st birthday (and chickenpox, but that is another story)  it must have been somewhere between 1978 and 1981.

Mr Redcar was telling me the other day about the phenomena of discs of ice floating in rivers, something neither of us had ever seen for ourselves, well I saw some yesterday, they were nothing like as dramatic as this, but hey, this is a fast flowing, small river. They were forming in an eddy, the bubbles that formed as the water came over some rocks, swirled around in the eddy and latched on to  the ice disc as it turned.

ice disk 5-2 

I may have to sneak back  today and see how they are getting on.


ice disk-2

There was also the most gobsmackingly beautiful hoar frost, with ice crystals the size of soap flakes

Hoar frost-2

(more photos of that to follow)  but I’ll leave you with Spud, ‘carving the powder’.


Spud, carving powder-2




Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

17 thoughts on “River Ice

  1. I hope you manage to get back to that river. Fascinating shots. I’ve never seen that before. Perhaps I should go out looking too. Or maybe I’ll just stay in the warm and leave it to you. Yes, you go, that would be great, really nice. Thanks!

  2. Is there a “Spud” blog as well?

    I reckon he would suit Twitter! 😉

  3. Good morning, I just tweeted and fb’d this ~
    Just found this blog https://uphilldowndale.wordpress.com/ through @mypolice: http://bit.ly/5rQlmU ~ It’s fabulous & photography is brilliant.

    Are you on twitter as would love to follow?
    Your photography is absolutely superb, thank you for sharing:-)

  4. It gives me the shivers just looking at these fascinating pictures, and Spud seems to love the snow! xx

  5. Gorgeous winter images. I guess it’s cold everywhere this winter!!!

  6. Now that’s the sort of day that makes winter worthwhile! Such beauty, and such utter joy flying toward us, ears a-flappin’!

  7. Amazing ice crystals and the link for the ice disk was incredible. I’ll have to see if I can find any of these in our rivers, but they may be too frozen for movement.

  8. Catching up with you and looking at your beautiful photos has almost convinced me that I should bundle up and get outside to see what’s happening out there.

  9. Such beautiful pictures and mood ! Spud is a star !

  10. I WANT SPUD !!! he is sooo gorgeous he makes my heart melt.
    By the way the photos aren’t bad either !!!! xxxxx

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  12. Very interesting ice formations. My favourite image is the ice crystals. The light is very good.

  13. The River Severn down here in Shropshire had chunks of ice floating in it this weekend too. I understand the phenomena is known as ‘Frazil pans’ (or it might have been fazil pans). Very pleasing to say, that!

  14. The disks on the river are pretty cool, but that hoar frost. Whoa! I would LOVE to have some like that!

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