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The Lackawanna River was lined by these ice formations this past weekend during Shiverfest.  I’ve never seen these before and can only assume that they are a result of the recent weather, with temperatures that swung from above freezing to well below.  However they were formed, they lined most of the course just above water level and were quite lovely.

As I paddled past my wake hit them and flowed through, with a sound like surf on the beach.  It was pretty cool.

Of course that wasn’t the only ice on the river; the whole way downstream, it was constantly with me, both on-shore and in the water alongside.  I passed clear sheets the size of house windows, floating alongside.  And the clink of ice against the bow and sides was a constant; the paddle hit it, split it, and skittered across it.

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Of course that wasn’t the only ice that afternoon – by the time I was finished, there was ice forming on the boat and paddles!  The two photos above are post-race, while I was getting ready to load the boat onto the Jeep.  It’s not much, but it was starting to build up.  As long as I was paddling, the paddles themselves stayed ice-free.  But as soon as I took them out of the water and let the rest, the combination of wet, cold metal was too much, and the icing began.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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