Ice Flows on the River

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January 24, 2008

It isn’t often that ice forms on the river through Boise so I stop a few times on my way to work for a better look.

How I got here
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How I got here
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I have been biking to work for about ten years. I don’t often see ice flows on the river. It seemed I should record it though 5°F felt like a reason not to.

Sole survivor
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Sole survivor
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As a kid I assumed symmetrical snowflakes were a pretend part of the holiday milieu like Santa Claus. So when, years on, I spotted the tiny white designs lighting upon my glove it was like seeing a fairy. I could hardly believe it.

Body heat
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Body heat
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Geese sleeping below Baybrook Court Bridge leave impressions in the ice that would be difficult to understand if you didn’t see the cause. Like crop circles. I felt pity for the creatures that so often seem a nuisance.

Flotilla
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Flotilla
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Morning metallurgy
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Morning metallurgy
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My second job in Boise was in the three-story building on the right. We watched workers build that orange Baybrook bridge. It used to be a long way to the river crossings (no East or West Park Center bridges then). Time flows on.

Moon river
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Moon river
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By afternoon, temperatures in the twenties clear the river of ice. It’s an ephemeral thing, this life.