This year has seen an aberration in the normal process of the Seasons.
November and December warmer than past years.
Open water on our lake until January 6.
Mallard Ducks walking up the shore and visiting the ground under the bird feeder in early January to feast on the dropped sunflower seeds.
The lake has been ready to freeze for the past three weeks.
It made an attempt in mid-December but that ice cover disappeared with a couple of days of warm winds from the South.
A full moon, calm air and a -12C night was enough to make ice.
Yesterday morning the lake woke up with its winter blanket of ice.
The lake I live on has many moods.
Lazy but dramatic Summer days are my favourite.
The lake is waiting for the right opportunity to cover itself for Winter.
Patience is the key now.
The idea of North is represented by shapes, moods and feelings.
Simple and complex at the same time.
“Cold” is also a dominant thought.
“Pure” and “Unspoiled” also.
Winter is just getting started on Lake Nipissing.
The ice is deemed safe enough for the winter fishing to begin.
Snow machine tracks signal activity as do the footprints.
The fishing hut population will increase.
Another Winter Season begins.
Trout Lake, Portage Park early December.
Slowly, Winter edges its way onto the landscape.
The snow is the obvious evidence that it leaves when it first makes its move.
More subtle is the stealth with which it snaps the lock on the water of our lake.
It has done its work near the shore.
The last will be done in the distance. Out of sight. Often at night.
The hoar frost on the south shore signals that our lake is very close to freezing over for the winter.
A couple of days should see it covered in ice.
We won’t see waves again until the end of April, if then.
Looking to the South at Eagle Lake Narrows.
A pre-Fall day.
Warm sun, cooler air.
The illusion of continuing Summer.
Portage Park, Trout Lake waiting for Summer.
South Shore Lake Nipissing.
Another sunny Summer afternoon in paradise!
Reminiscent of “West Wind”?
Looking North from Sunset Cove on Lake Nipissing.
Portage Park, Trout Lake this afternoon.
Most unusual very enjoyable November weather.
Another take on the Nipissing scene.