In early February, we had some very mild weather. That warm patch caused the creek near Frank's place to flood as it occasionally does through almost any season. The previous weeks had been typically cold so when the creek swept over its banks and onto the wooded areas and walking paths, it brought with it great chunks of ice.
Most of these giant ice cubes settled along the shoreline - like this but some of it obstructed my usual pathway.
This is what the path looks like in summer. It can be difficult to navigate in winter because these paths are never cleared of snow. The snow, melt, freeze process can make walking quite precarious.
But add giant ice cubes and a light dusting of snow to the icy path, and walking becomes a lot more difficult. Benny doesn't seem to be too bothered by it though.
Some landed on top of one another.
These are actually rather small compared to some I've seen in the past. They're also fewer and more spaced out than other times. Four years ago, some of the ice blocks were piled about four feet high.
Still, there was some heft to these.
And some places were totally impassable.
You might remember this spot from late last summer though it looks a bit colder right now.
A few days after this photo was taken, it snowed rather heavily. This made it easier to get around because the snow raised the ground level to meet and even surpass the height of the ice blocks. Much of that has since melted and walking is precarious once again. This mother is hanging onto her child though I'm uncertain whether it's to keep him upright or her own self.
As the weather warms, these ice chunks will reduce in size. Until then walking these paths is more like navigating an obstacle course.
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