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.
On Trout Lake looking East and then West.
Trout Lake skies outdo themselves.
November evening looking Southwest on Trout Lake.
One Mile Bay on Trout Lake is very near where I live.
I pass the end of it each time I want to go to town, and it always looks a little different each time.
Here it is in October.
Evening sky following an afternoon of storms.
Dramatic “Good Night”!
The ice on One Mile Bay is safe to walk on.
A sunny Sunday afternoon is a very pleasant time to get some exercise.
Snowmobiles in large numbers create a highway on the ice of the lake.
Walking is easy on the hard packed surface.
The contrail is an unusual sight these days.
Late November morning, crisp, windless.
Sparse snowflakes drift lazily to meet the water.
In the distance,
The Bay turns around the corner and meets the Lake.
Being out in “lousy weather” is the way to experience life.
The ice is still very solid and so I went for a walk the other evening around sunset.
The promise of Spring was in the air.
Late in the day on Trout Lake.