Monthly Image: Red Oaks Mill Dam

Heavy rain during an unseasonably warm spell rearranged the deadwood over the Red Oaks Mill Dam:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - 2016-03-04

Red Oaks Mill Dam – 2016-03-04

Much of the wood collects around the pool on the other side of the bridge where the Mighty Wappingers Creek makes a right-angle turn to the left and continues toward the Hudson.

After the rain, the weather became much colder (which was OK, as I didn’t have to shovel the rain off the driveway), and the spray froze on the deadwood:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - icicles on deadwood

Red Oaks Mill Dam – icicles on deadwood

A few weeks ago, we walked by the dam at the right moment to catch the sun highlighting the rubble upstream of the decaying dam breast:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - dam breast upstream rubble

Red Oaks Mill Dam – dam breast upstream rubble

There won’t be much left in a few more decades …

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  1. #1 by madbodger on 2016-03-15 - 09:48

    These are nifty. I particularly like the frozen spray picture.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-03-15 - 09:58

      The Devil’s Toothbrush!

      The number of large whole trees coming downstream shows that the woods along the banks have gone well past maturity. Alas, the deer (over)population ensures nothing can replace them; this area will look very different in another half a century.