For a while there it seemed the "spring fever vs ice" competition was over. The Yukon River broke weeks ago, and it's hot enough in the daytime to get a slight sunburn, as I found out yesterday. But I had to drive between Dawson City and Whitehorse twice in the past two weeks, and as… Continue reading spring breakup: a swimming tale
The wait is over. It's been more of a melt-off than a break-up this spring 2010, but the Yukon River is running again. The ice broke its grip at 3:12 a.m. this morning, according to Joyce Cayley, speaking on CFYT Radio on behalf of IODE. The annual Ice Guessing Contest is over. But what's the… Continue reading dawson ice guessing contest: it’s all over
Almost as good as a helicopter: the website http://www.mammothmapping.com provides fodder for spring break-up obsession with photos taken from the Sunnydale Lookout, south and west of Dawson City. In other words, from the "other" side of the Yukon River, providing views currently unavailable to any of us in town unless we hire air transportation. Here's… Continue reading almost as good as a helicopter
Today, again I walked along the Yukon from town to the Yukon-Klondike confluence and all the way to the bridge that goes over the Klondike. All clear (well, silty) running water at the bridge. And a moment of stillness at the confluence. 1 point goes to spring fever for keeping everything under control and managing… Continue reading spring fever 2: ice 2 – momentary truce
At last!! Yesterday part of the Klondike River began breaking, which means the Yukon River has a whole segment of activity now too, where the two rivers meet. I can't tell you how amazing it feels to see running water, water in movement, again. These few moments were shot on my camera around 6:00 tonight,… Continue reading spring fever 1: ice 1 – first signs of river thaw
ice among us. continuous complex sounds. a minute's worth of found ice music coming from a piece of jumble ice on the yukon river shore near dawson city, yukon, late may 2009.
"May 2: The water level is rising incredibly fast, which is not too astonishing, since the temperatures have escalated recently: A week ago we measured temperatures around zero degrees Celsius (30 degrees Fahrenheit); now we are in the early 20s (late 60s in Fahrenheit). The water looks brownish, and it tastes a bit like old leaves,… Continue reading ice in news: yukon river springtime floods
One thing I'll be exploring on this blog is the amazing range of ice types and ice phenomena that exist, both naturally and in manufactured forms. This week I've been fascinated by seeing candle ice for the first time, though I'm pretty sure I heard plenty of it tinkling past on the Red River the… Continue reading phenom: candle ice