Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Monument to First Regiment of Virginia Infantry

WHAT: Monument to First Regiment of Virginia Infantry. Memorial to a state militia regiment formed in 1754, before the Revolutionary War.

LOCATION: Meadow, Park & Stuart avenues in Meadow Park, a triangular park in Richmond’s Fan District.

ARTIST: Ferruccio Legnaioli.

DEDICATION: May 1, 1930.

DESCRIPTION: A 7 foot high bronze standing figure of a colonial infantryman of 1754, the founding date of the Regiment. The figure is mounted on a pedestal 8 feet high which is lined with bronze plaques describing the history and service of the Regiment through seven wars.

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First Regiment of Virginia Infantry statue in the snowThis statue is just another reason why people love The Fan. The quirky roadways create space for little triangle parks with hidden gems. The Fan District has several parks and statues that often seem to go unnoticed by tourists and probably some Richmonders.

First Regiment of Virginia Infantry monument is one of my favorites of all the statues in Richmond. I love the uniform and the hat and the fact that there’s a statue in the middle of a neighborhood, much like the Richmond Howitzer’s statue, which has been absorbed as part of the VCU Monroe Park Campus now.

During the morning snow storm Feb. 9, 2010, that brought a little more snow than expected, I finally got a chance to shoot some photos in The Fan during the daylight hours while it was snowing. I’m quite pleased with the results.

First Regiment of Virginia Infantry in the snow

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More ice along the James river

Ice along the mill race in the James River Park System

Ice along the mill race in the James River Park System

I’ve 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 Richmond. 

Frozen canal at Great Shiplock ParkI 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.

Ice on the Old Mill Race near Belle Isle

Ice on the Old Mill Race near Belle Isle

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.

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

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