Like Snow in June?
Ice is commonly seen on the big Manitoba lakes well into May. Nevertheless, when we arrived in Grand Rapids on the afternoon of May 25th I was surprised to see a mass of ice pans stretching from near shore out toward the eastern horizon. I had heard that the ice was hanging on late this year in Lake Winnipeg’s north basin, but this still seemed extreme. At this rate, there might still be scattered drift hanging on well into June!
Through the night a west wind blew, driving the ice out toward the middle of the lake. The morning dawned a soft grey-pink, and when I walked down to the shore I was surprised that the ice had largely dissipated. Still, the light was perfect and there were birds everywhere. In the near-Arctic chill emanating from the water, I snapped these photos before heading for breakfast. I had to be quick; bannock toast and pan-fried potatoes wait for no man!
© Graham Young, 2013