I jumped to a few other spots this time, but other than a frozen canal at Great Shiplock Park and few more huge icicle formations clinging to the driftwood and granite stones along the Main Section of the James River Park System, the James is moving too fast to freeze over.
At Great Shiplock Park, I was hoping to see ice all over the lock — which always has water flowing through cracks in the structure. Again, the water was likely moving too fast. However, the canal above the second locks was mostly frozen over, and seemed thick enough for some thick-headed person to be walking on top of the ice, leaving tracks in the traces of snow. That would be a bad place to fall in, as there is hardly ever anyone nearby and it is loud with construction and railway noise.
The best find was at the bridge over the Old Mill Race at the VEPCO dam, west of the Southside rocks of Belle Isle. An excellent wintery setting of ice-covered rocks and unique patterns in the sheet of ice over the slow-moving waters below.
You can get there by going to the Reedy Creek parking lot and headed east, or from the tower at the Riverfront Towers and heading west. There is a pathway over a footbridge with a short walk to the mill. The area surrounding this spot and the VEPCO levee have interesting things to see year-round.