In The Grasp Of A Frozen River

When I was covering an ice-climbing story at Gooseberry Falls State Park recently, I came upon the scene above when leaving the river. Three cedars are ankle-deep in overflow ice. I liked the way the sunlight played on the ice. The trees were just above the Lower Falls on the river. As the river began to freeze up during the winter, some of the water flowed wide and found itself among cedars and other brush at the river’s edge. It froze there, and subsequent flows froze atop the base layer. I’m not sure how thick this ice was, perhaps 6 inches or a foot. I’m guessing it happens during many winters. The cedars, being adapted to live along the river, must be able to weather the grasp of the ice, at least for a few months each year.