River Rages During Spring Melt


| 4/2/2014 4:40:00 PM


Tags: spring, flooding, New Hampshire, Bethann Weick,

Change.  Sometimes subtle, sometimes bold; when it comes to the transition from winter to spring, certain signs are unmistakable.  There are the gradually warming temperatures, where thirty-five degrees feels like t-shirt weather.  There is the slushy snow, that leave us slip-sliding our way through the woods - one misstep off the packed trail and we’re in over our knees.  There is the earthy smell of bark and buds as the freeze gives way to thaw and trees regain the subtle but sure aroma of live wood.The river awakens

And then there is the sound of water.  There is the drip-drip-drip as snow melts off our low shed roof.  There is the plip-plip-plip as rainwater collects in buckets beside the cabin.  And best of all, the rush of water over ice as the river awakens.

It’s hard to catch the exact moment.  Try as we might, we never pin-point it to a precise beginning.  But at some point we recognize the flow of water, quiet but undeniable as it joins the rest of our senses.  With each step outside, a new sound defines our world.  It gains strength, force; like a breeze blowing closer, the river pushes it’s way towards the surface from deep underneath the ice.  What begins as the echo of a trickle, makes its way on top of the ice, flowing over, under, around.




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