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Double Take

May 2, 2014 in ice, Rosseau

Walking past the living room window this morning I had to do a double take. My stomach flipped. “say it ain’t so!” The light and smooth surface of Lake Rosseau conspired to create an eerie sensation. The ice was back!  Fortunately it was only momentary.

say it ain't so!

say it ain’t so!

Opening in the ice

April 28, 2014 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, Wildlife

Any opening will do

Any opening will do

 

In front of our place on Lake Rosseau the ice parted. It wasn’t open long, a matter of minutes. This waterfowl came along and started fishing. It’s a beautiful bird – looks loon like. But it’s not the loon that’s common around here. Any ideas?

Sunset melt

April 24, 2014 in ice, Rosseau, spring

sunset meltLast evening’s reflection of setting sun in the pools of melt on lake ice gave us hope we’d soon be boating. This morning those pools of water are gone. Last night’s low of -9C made more ice. Rather than being darker today, the lake’s hard covering is a brighter, lighter colour. Last gasp? We certainly hope so!!

 

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Ice out time

April 20, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau

Ice out is an exciting happening. First you see it, then it’s gone. For years I have waited to watch the ice disappear. Rarely have I seen it. Yesterday the day started with or view being ice covered. By the end of the day, water prevailed. There were some ice floes as wind shifted ice from bay to lake. One floe was of particular interest – at least a mile out in the lake it sprouted a branch. A tree grow on Rosseau!

A tree grows on Rosseau

The Big Melt

April 10, 2013 in ice, Rosseau, snow

It’s happening! The Big Melt is here. Like a bathtub ring, mist is held in the bowl of the lakes shrouding islands so they appear to float. No parking on the water this week, the ice has lost its strength. Locally we say it’s rotting – and not soon enough! This time last year we had been boating for 3 weeks already. But I get ahead of myself. 15cm of snow it forecast for Friday. Melt? Schmelt!

Island in the mist

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Not Spring yet

April 6, 2013 in Big 3, ice, Muskoka, spring, winter

Here, in Muskoka, spring arrives with crash of sorts. It’s never the same day – it’s not a date thing. It’s an ice thing. We know spring has arrived when a contractor’s truck goes through the ice on one of the Big 3. This year, spring is a long time coming. The ice is still pretty thick. We went for a drive – to see if it was spring yet. The answer? Nope! Not yet. At least, not on Lake Muskoka, by Milford Bay …

Not Spring yet

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Ice tectonics

April 4, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau

Yesterday was calm and clear. Warming sun, yet the temperature remained below freezing. Ice on the lake is more than a foot thick and grew even thicker the night before. There was no indication of what was to occur. With a protracted groan and what seemed like a wrenching tear, ice tectonics controlled Ferndale Bay. Once one sheet and now two, ice collided upon itself in slow motion. One plate submerging while the other was forced on top. The fissure snaked across the bay and looked like a prehistoric creature rising from the deep.

Ice tectonics

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And then there were 3

March 27, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, winter

Then there were 3….Since Lake Rosseau froze firm in January there have been ice fishers at Ferndale Point. We have had up to 8 shacks carefully guarding lake trout holes in the ice. There are only 3 left now – and one of them is on runners, waiting to leave. This can only mean one thing …. SPRING!!!!!

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Precise ice

March 22, 2013 in ice, Joseph, Muskoka, winter

We have a friend on Lake Joseph. He’s a Professional Engineer. Nice guy. Very analytical and quite precise. A ‘hands on’ kind of guy. Definitely not what you would call OCD, but particular. He’s an engineer afterall. So it wasn’t all that suprising to see, when we went to his place on the lake, his icicles are perfectly spaced and calibrated in length. Now that’s Engineering!Precision Engineering

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Muskoka ice

March 15, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Muskoka, winter

Today might be February. Gone is the warm sunshine of early spring. What is left is more than a remnant of winter: hard ice and blowing snow. At the Wharf in Muskoka Bay two symbols of Muskoka summer lie at rest, wrapped and patiently waiting for exercise in balmy breezes. Both listing, because of ice. One of them could be mistaken for Shackleton’s Endeavour in the ice pack.

In the ice

 In the ice

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