Friday, February 19, 2010

Icy Rock Face on the Don River

Just north of Pottery Road, the Don River takes a wide bending turn around an old snow dump site. The site is cutoff from the rest of the valley by a CN rail line. If you happen to venture underneath the CN bridge you will come across this interesting site. On the south side of the river a bare rock face is visible at the bottom of a steep hill. Ground water emerging from between layers of shale has frozen into a cascade of ice that drops down to the edge of the river. The effect is quite stunning and makes for a beautiful addition to the rather drab appearance of the rest of the valley in winter.

Ice covered rock wall on banks of the Don River

Large icicles formed by water coming from between layers of shale

Another view of the icy splendour

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