Posted by: David Giacalone | March 9, 2009

ice jams at Riverside Park

My plan to leisurely put this new weblog together this week had to be shelved, once I saw that the Mohawk River went from flowing freely with a few ice floes at noon yesterday, March 8, 2009, to a total ice jam — with “ice banks” — by the end of the afternoon.  Here are a few photos, and a comparison shot or two for perspective.

jamming5thhcover follow-up: This posting was just the first of many photo events involving Mohawk River ice jams. When finished here, please check out: Jamming on the Mohawk : ice floes and jams along the Mohawk River near the Schenectady Stockade” (5th Edition, 22 pages). It has icy images from the winters of 2009 through 2019, along the Stockade section of the Mohawk and in Riverside Park.


ice jam - riverside esplanade looking east

ice jam – riverside esplanade looking east

Normally, there is a drop off of two or three feet from the park lawn and esplanade to the River. Compare the above view with this shot, taken the morning of the Dec. 12, 2008 ice storm:

ice storm (Dec. 12, 2008)

ice storm (Dec. 12, 2008)

flood-level marker with ice jam (March 8, 2009)

. . . . The next two views are from my favorite Riverside Park bench, across from the Isle of the Cayugas and Scotia, NY.


view from Riverside Park bench near Wash. Ave. (March 8, 2009)

This is one of my favorite spots for sunset shots.  Yesterday evening, the clouds were too thick to allow any sunset hues:

compare with this photo from earlier this winter:

Riverside Park bench (Dec. 29, 2008)

. . . . . .



Riveside Park (May 2008) compare (March 15, 2008)

Here’s a view this morning, March 9, from my backyard.  The usual drop-off to the River is gone, as the ice and water rise to the level of the lawn.


Another look from the Riverside Park esplanade, looking west:


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And, this is the end of my block, where Washington Avenue deadends at the Mohawk.


for comparison, this shot from March 1, 2008:

photo haiga -- image with linked haiku -- March 1, 2008

photo “haiga” — image with linked haiku — March 1, 2008

We’ll be following events to see whether current ice jams bring Stockade flooding. [See, “Emergency officials watching Mohawk, now at flood stage” (Daily Gazette, March 9, 2009)]

Cucumber Alley (Mar. 9, 2009)

update (March 10, 2009):  A March 10, 2009 Gazette article says that the “nearly 5-mile-long ice jam formed between Lock 8 and Freeman’s Bridge” was dislodged by late afternoon on March 9; and Schenectady County Emergency Coordinator John Nuzbeck said “the worst fears of flooding were calmed when the ice finally passed through a section of the river that narrows near the former Alco Plant.” See “Melting on Mohawk sure sign of spring” at B2. [You can find pictures of the post-jam Mohawk River in our post “going with the floe“, March 10, 2009; and the Gazette has a “video of the ice jam breaking”.]

follow-up 2010: Click to see our coverage of Mohawk River ice jams in January 2010.

icejamwashavetrunks You can find more photos from along the Mohawk and the Schenectady Stockade, at my weblog f/k/a, including some recent sunsets, plus this collection, and a report on the Stockade’s recent Valentine Pink Flamingos.    A proper launching of this weblog may take place (with an About page and links to other sites) later this week.


  1. I thought you were taking it easy on the blogging!

  2. Matt, you are hereby deputized to remind me often to spend far less time blogging. I need a large increase in self-discipline. Although this weblog has taken up too much time this week, it has been much less than consumed by f/k/a. There I go, living with excuses and denial. Please come back often to nag me about getting offline and getting a life.

    Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by. So far, this weblog has about 1% of the visitors of f/k/a.

  3. David,
    The photo of the empty bench by the river for me was a tribute to the Stockade’s recent loss–Dorothy Dietrich. My last mental snapshot of her was on a cold windy day while walking my dog Maggie in the park. Dorothy was sitting on a bench, contemplating the river, quiet, calm, at peace–like the Mohawk itself.

  4. […] photographs of 2009.  Rather than repeat them here, I’m going to refer you to “ice jams at Riverside Park” (March 9, […]

  5. […] p.s. The very first postings at this weblog covered the giant ice jam of March 2009.  Refresh your recollection here. […]

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    • Thank you, Scott. How did your father know about “suns along the Mohawk”?

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