The power of the river and Nature's ice sculptures...NH Pemi River.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc.,

It is nice to have it stay light a little longer at the end of the day. I took a walk down by the river last night to see what last weeks flood water did to the huge slabs of ice in the Pemigewasset River.


These are some of nature’s ice sculptures, when the force of the rushing water encounters tons of ice it shoved up on the high-ground. As I stood in the nearly dry riverbed the Blocks of ice towered over me 12 to 20 feet high, many were the size of a small car.


I wish I could have found something to put in front of these flows to give the pictures a size and scale. These chunks are truly impressive, but it is difficult to tell just how big they are.


The River came up about 10 feet in a twelve hour period and remained high driving the loose ice up on shore for three days in a row. Then in a matter of a couple of days dropped again to leave this empty path where the water had flowed.


I hope you enjoy nature’s ice sculptures; these can be pretty dangerous to climb on they are very unstable and over the next few days with the warmth and the sun many will allow gravity to take its course. I sure didn’t want to get pinned by a slab letting go unexpectedly. From here forward I’ll watch from a bit more of a distance.


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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

What a great place to live Steve. Mother nature is a bit of an artist. I think we should all take the time out of our day to see what surrounds us and appreciate nature while we still have it.

Mar 06, 2010 09:04 AM #1
Ralph Gorgoglione
John Aaroe Group - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate (800) 591-6121

Wow.  This is so cool.

Big bodies of water can do the most amazing things.

Mar 06, 2010 09:08 AM #2
Jane Cross
Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs - Charlotte, NC

Steve, that's right! You don't want to be like the guy that fell into the volcano a few weeks back...trying to secure a good photo!

Mar 06, 2010 09:15 AM #3
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Jane...these slabs are a bit scary to stand near..

Mar 06, 2010 09:18 AM #4
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

How long before that all thaws?  Nature is truely amazing, I love the ice in the tree!

Mar 06, 2010 10:58 AM #5
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Laura,, you would be surprised when the water doesn't wear these slabs of ice down (which normally happens) they'll sit up on shore like this for over a month.

Mar 06, 2010 11:02 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Steve, the power of water and ice together is awesome.  One needs to stay out of the way!

Mar 06, 2010 11:17 AM #7
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Steve, great pics, be careful, with the sun out and not a cloud in the sky, temps in the 50's our snow is melting, there is still snow, but it is melting

Mar 06, 2010 11:26 AM #8
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Keller Williams Legacy - Woods Cross, UT
The C Team

Steve, great photos!  It is amazing the force generated to create those ice sculptures!

Mar 06, 2010 02:38 PM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Steve, those are great shots.  You can't beat Mother Nature for beauty and creativity.

Mar 06, 2010 09:25 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Steve - Those are really neat looking pictures!  I can't remember a year when we have seen so much snow and ice across the nation!  The power to create those ice sculptures is amazing!

Mar 06, 2010 09:33 PM #11
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Steve - those are beautiful shots and to think that in just a few weeks they'll probably all be melted.

Mar 07, 2010 01:01 AM #12
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

I love these pictures, Steve!  Mother Nature is a very powerful force and leaves tremendous beauty in her path.  (Unless of course you piss her off then it's a whole other story! ;) )

Wake Forest NC House Chick

Mar 07, 2010 11:01 AM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Mother Nature at work staging the great outdoors!  She was just doing what all us women love to do...move things around and create a new look every once in awhile.

Mar 07, 2010 11:56 AM #14
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Sharon, I didn't think about it that way...Staging the outdoors.

Mar 07, 2010 12:03 PM #15
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Steve.. It is amazing.. not only the height of the ice, but how high the water levels must have been to push them up that high.  I can see why you did NOT feel comfortable standing too near them.

valerie osterhoudt

Mar 07, 2010 05:37 PM #16
Judy C Jennings
William Raveis Real Estate - Plymouth, MA
Broker Associate in Plymouth County MA

Steve - These photos are a great depiction of natures amazing power. Ice can can have enough force to bend metal as if it were play-dough. Smart man to appreciate nature from a safe distance. Nice photos.

Mar 07, 2010 08:26 PM #17
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Judy, When the river was piling these slabs up you could here the grinding noises from a good distance...and that is most definitely the reason not to be caught under one when they let go.

Mar 08, 2010 08:50 AM #18
Sharon Paxson
HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912 - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re

Thanks for sharing these photos. That is interesting that you could hear them grinding against each other. The power of mother nature!

Mar 08, 2010 01:15 PM #19
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