We started this week with a story of water’s power. It can fell a tree, and turn a gentle stream into a torrent. We end the week with a meditation on water in quieter forms.
On January 25th, the day before DC-area temps reached toward (and to) a record 80 degrees, winter already was taking a break. Little snow remained as I headed onto the trails in Rock Creek Park.
At some spots, fog greeted me.
This may be what is known as advection fog. Via Weather.gov: “Warm air, moist air blows in from the south and if there is snow or cool moisture on the ground it will come in contact with the warm, moist winds. This contact between the air and ground will cause the air blowing in to become cool. Then dew point rises and creates high humidity and forms fog.”
The warming weather had not yet melted the ice in the Broad Branch stream pools west of Linnean Avenue.
I found lingering ice upon crossing Linnean, too.
As I neared the end of the Linnean trail, drippy conditions turned into a drizzle. The rain painted small circles on the surface of the stream.