An ice block rests on a log near the Stone Bridge at the Manassas Battlefield Park. A flood last week broke up the ice cover on Bull Run and scattered the ice blocks in some strange places. (Kevin Ambrose)
During a run Saturday morning at the Manassas Battlefield Park, I had to maneuver around a block of ice on the trail near Bull Run. In all my years of running at the Battlefield, I’ve never seen chunks of ice on the trail. Then, I noticed a few chunks of ice in the woods near the trail. More blocks of ice appeared scattered along the river bank below and I even noticed ice resting on logs and suspended in the trees.
Apparently, the heavy rains last week broke up the ice cover on Bull Run and the stream’s ice was deposited in odd places when the flood water receded. I was amused by the placement of a few of the ice blocks.
The land-and-tree-stranded ice was a reminder of January’s chill. Much of Bull Run was frozen last month under our “Polar Vortex” events. This weekend, however, Bull Run flowed freely and the stream was running just a little bit high.
I snapped a few photos of the various ice block deposits around Bull Run and I have included my favorites below.
An ice block was deposited in a tree after the flood last week of Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose) Small ice blocks rest on a log near Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose) A large ice block and a small ice block were deposited on the flood plain of Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose) Ice is balanced on a tree that overhangs Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose) An ice block near the trail at the Manassas Battlefield Park. (Kevin Ambrose) A slab of ice from Bull Run slowly melts on land. (Kevin Ambrose) Thick ice was deposited on the flood plain of Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose) Ice rests on a tree near Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose)
Logs and trees seemed to catch many of the ice blocks that were scattered around Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose) A chunk of ice with a small icicle rests on a small log near Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose)
Ice slabs melt in the woods near Bull Run. (Kevin Ambrose)