The icy Deschutes River

Photos by Joe Kline • The Bulletin

About once a year, it gets cold enough for the Deschutes River to freeze. According to Kyle Gorman of the Oregon Water Resources Department, that happens in the heart of winter, when temperatures dip close to zero at night and remain below freezing during the day for a stretch of time, as it has this week. The river itself takes on a frozen calm. But up close, the ice creates mesmerizing and abstract designs.

Joe Kline / The Bulletin Ice covers a frozen section of the Deschutes River seen from Riverbend Park on Thursday evening.
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Joe Kline / The Bulletin A crack in the thin layer of ice near the shore of the Deschutes River near Riverbend Park on Thursday evening.
Joe Kline / The Bulletin Bubbles are visible beneath the ice on a section of the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District on Thursday evening.
Joe Kline / The Bulletin Ice cracks around rocks near the shore of a frozen section of the Deschutes River seen from Riverbend Park on Thursday evening.