The warmer spring temperatures have been working their magic. The ice on the Groundhog River has started to break up and there are large gaps of open water visible now. The surface of the ice sheets have lots of puddles of standing water on the surface. The naturally dark water of the river with all of the organic material in it speeds up the melting process once the puddles start to form on the surface. Within a day or two it will just be a few chunks of ice left floating on the surface of the water. Before long the trees on the shoreline will begin to flower and leaf out and the entire landscape will change for another season.