Forest Hill Park in icey freeze


Frozen Forest Hill Park Lake

Frozen Forest Hill Park Lake

Something that has not been seen in years: A frozen Forest Hill Park lake.  I confirmed it during a short hike today and found many other watery spots encrusted in ice.

Ice on the quarry wall at Forest Hill Park

Ice on the quarry wall at Forest Hill Park

After resembling a marshland after years of disrepair, the lake at that beautiful South Richmond park was dredged this past summer and the work was completed just before November. It wrapped up a month earlier than expected –quite fortunate considering all the rain and snow we had in November and December.

The babbling Reedy Creek also had many beautiful frozen spots as it descended toward the lake. The huge boulders held many wide

Winter weather isn’t my favorite, but I can take the 5-10 days of freezing cold if we get something this beautiful to see with snow and ice now and then.

Click on these images for larger versions — the detail is quite good. My favorite is the ivy frozen into the ice — a young and colorful growth that will probably not suffer a bit come springtime.

Ice at Forest Hill Park

Ivy trapped in frozen falls on the quarry wall at Forest Hill Park

Frozen falls on Reedy Creek at Forest Hill Park

Frozen falls on Reedy Creek at Forest Hill Park

Ice on Reedy Creek at Forest Hill Park

Ice on Reedy Creek at Forest Hill Park

Ice on Reedy Creek at Forest Hill Park

Ice on Reedy Creek at Forest Hill Park

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by MaryJo on January 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Since English Ivy is one of the non-native species that the Friends of F.H. Park are working to remove, maybe we should hope that the pretty little vine won’t survive being frozen 🙂

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  2. […] had fun finding ice along the James river and in Forest Hill Park this winter. I decided to give it one more shot so see ice on our beloved attractions around […]

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  3. Posted by Melissa on January 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful! Linked here from H&H and I will add your blog to my RSS reader when I get home. I walk my dog near Pony Pasture and I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the ice clinging to the branches that dip into the river.

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  4. Great stuff, reminds me of the days before global warming when that lake used to freeze hard enough for ice skating.

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  5. Awesome photos! You really bring out the beauty of a place 🙂

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  6. […] Phil Riggan. This and others showing off the icy wonder of Forest Hill Park are posted on his blog RichmondOnTheJames be sure to check out the other photos. Great stuff thanks for sharing […]

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  7. I hope you don’t mind if I repost a picture and link back to here on hillsandheights.org later tonight or tomorrow. Great stuff.

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  8. These pictures are great! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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