When it gets REAL cold along the tidal tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, our creeks, coves and rivers can build up lots of ice and even appear to freeze-over.  Our country’s present deep-freeze arctic temps are providing the perfect conditions. It’s been interesting seeing photos of other bodies of water around the country doing the same thing.  (Those of Niagara Falls were unbelievable!)  So I thought I’d share three wide-angle photos I took today from my balcony of my local area’s freeze-overs.  You can see the ice effects of the tidal waters that continue beneath, as the ice lifts and lowers.  There are dark open ‘pools’ of water here & there; and along the background to my right, the ice is chopped up as it rolls with the tides down from Kent Narrows to Prospect Bay to Eastern Bay to the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay and then back again.  Marshy Creek actually is more of a cove as shown, and it does look like it’s pretty much frozen over.

Marshy Creek

To the left of the nest platform – Marshy Creek frozen (Lippincott Channel Marker #3 to the left where I photographed eagles perched in the last post)

Prospect Bay

Prospect Bay is behind our osprey nest platform (Kent Narrows channel markers to the right, the other perch the eagles used in my last post)

Kent Narrows Channel

To my right – Kent Narrows Channel partially frozen, Kent Island in the background (dark areas are water pools)

This is amazing for us locals to see!

Everyone’s experiencing awesome sunrises and sunsets during these arctic temperatures that pump up the brilliance.  So to round out today and this post, here’s this morning’s sunrise reflecting beautifully on the ice over Marshy Creek.  No color editing!

Sunrise over Marshy Creek

Sunrise over Marshy Creek – January 25, 2014

I was hoping for a vibrant sunset today as well but a horizon of snow clouds cut it a bit short.  Still was pretty to photograph.  I took a series of the sunset, and selected two to share that were taken 13 minutes apart.

Sunset over Kent Island

Sunset over Kent Island – January 25, 2014

10 minutes later

13 minutes later the sun had dipped below the trees but set up an interesting golden ‘flare’ that was really cool!

The next photo was last night’s sunset, what a difference from tonight’s.  No matter, I enjoy every one of them.  🙂

Sunset over Kent Island - January 24, 2014

Last night’s sunset over Kent Island – January 24, 2014

Hope you liked seeing a little scenery for a change.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, stay warm, and thanks for stopping by!

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