Walking on Water

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I’m standing 100 yards out on the Yukon River with my son Chris who arrived in Fort Yukon yesterday. He is having a blast! People use the river as a road in winter and we followed their tracks out onto the ice. The river is full of gravel bars and islands in summer; in winter the water level drops and many places like this one are only a few inches deep under the ice. That there is any exposed water at all is a surprise to me – the temperature has rarely been above 0 degrees F since November – but there are always open stretches on the river.

In the gallery photographs you can see feathered ice crystals growing on the water, and water actually flowing under the ice.


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