Finding ice sculpture on the James River


Ice at Belle Isle Southside rocks

Ice at Belle Isle Southside rocks

 I’ve always enjoyed getting away from daily routines with a walk along the James River. There hasn’t been many wintery days that I’ve sought out the river, but with the bitter cold in Richmond, I figured I would find many unique ice sculptures.

Mossy rock covered in ice at Main Section, 42nd Street

Mossy rock covered in ice at Main Section, 42nd Street

I walked from the Main Section 42nd Street entrance of the James River Park System along the islands and millraces toward Belle Isle and found some moss-covered rocks and driftwood and chilly granite boulders covered in thick ice. The weather has been cold enough, long enough to allow development of some think ice.  

Another explanation for the ice also forming so thick and large could be that as the river levels drop, the chilly water continues to lap at the ice, leaving a little drop to freeze.  I’m no scientist, or weatherman… 

There were many spots that I couldn’t get to, as the water levels are still to high to rockhop, and many boulders were too icy to risk running jumps. Still, there are many very accessible spots and without wind, it wasn’t that cold. Enjoy it while we have it. 

Ice sculpture near Belle Isle on the James

Ice sculpture near Belle Isle on the James

Ice sculpture near Belle Isle on the James

Ice sculpture near Belle Isle on the James

Ice drips on granite boulders near 42nd Street

Ice drips on granite boulders near 42nd Street

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] 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 […]

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  2. Posted by Kim Umstadter on January 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Phil – the ice photos are so beautiful. Your photography is really great. My favorite one is of the boulders off 42nd Street.

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