Tanana Breakup

Posted by lwpetersen | May 7, 2011 | outdoors

So this week was busy. End of the semester projects and homework have been due, finals are to be prepared for, grading needs to be completed, etc. It’s been so busy that I didn’t really get to do much of anything. We missed the Tanana River breaking up on Wednesday afternoon which was a bummer. Here’s the article from the News-Miner:

     “Here is a nice video of the ice going out in Nenana Wednesday afternoon.
     A reader shot the video and posted it, along with his play-by-play, on YouTube. 
     The tripod was on a large section of ice…”

Jason, Alex and I took a break from working to drove down near the Pump-House on Thursday evening to see if we could see some remaining ice, but from our vantage point the river was all water. There was still stuff to take pictures of, just no ice-floe.

Ice

The last little strip of ice remaining next to the Tanana River in Fairbanks. Reminiscent of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude the shapes of ice that was 40 below zero just months ago are really cool and crystalline when they melt.

Reflected Sky

There is no more ice on the Tanana River, but now there’s plenty of open water. On this clear day only the current and eddies broke up the reflection of the sky.

Reflected Grove Inversion

This was a shallow pool near the Tanana River just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska that beautifully reflects the tall trees beside it. I guess this makes Alaska spring official.

Earlier in the week Alex and I walked down to the experimental research farm at UAF to see some of the newborn reindeer from last week. They were really cute, but groggy in the mid-evening Sun.

On His Own

Just waking up from a nap, a little wobbly on the feet.

By the middle of next week I’ll be done with everything except a few of my TA responsibilities. Then I hope to have a few weeks of adventuring and picture taking before science camp starts up.

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