Friday was the warmest day we have had in quite a few months. During our visit to Pennsylvania's Elk Range we stopped in at Parker Dam State Park. This scene is from just below the dam. The rapid snow melt had raised the water level to where the edge of the ice sheet was partially submerged.
At Benezette the scene was incredibly different. Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek had been covered by a heavy ice sheet. Now the warmer temperatures and rising water was breaking up the ice forcing it down stream. At times the creek was full of ice cakes grinding against one another as they drifted downstream.
While at other times the creek flowed nearly free of ice.
Some of ice was forced up on the creek bank where one could better appreciate the full thickness of some of the slabs.
The wind began blowing in the afternoon and as evening approached we began the drive home. As darkness fell we could still feel the power of the wind as it buffeted our vehicle.
With a few weeks of winter still ahead cold and snow are certain to return. The cold spells will be shorter and the new snows will melt quicker as the days continue to lengthen and spring will once again win the battle of the seasons in the never ending cycle of life.