Warren Woods/Galien River Ice Melting by 337is published on 2014/03/23 23:54:45 +0000 During a walk through our closest National Natural Landmark and Michigan's last climax beech-maple forest, we discovered the Galien River's overflow area covered in ice. The icefield was popping and cracking apart after several days of warmer temperatures. My field recorder doesn't have sensitive enough setting to pick up the multitude of pops and cracks that we could hear. Some sounded like gunfire while other were more delicate metallic pings. The beech, maple, and sumac were filled with woodpeckers, featuring a cohort of Pileated hammering away diligently. The base of these trees were a sight to behold with concentric rings of ice at various levels standing free where repeated thaws and freezes opened up gaps as much as six inches between the ice platforms. It's a bit difficult to make out in this shot but look at the right base of the larger tree and the left base of the smaller one.