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Archive for April, 2016

Slow migration

Once the ice is out the lake begins to spring. Loons return from their ocean adventure. Ducks stop briefly en route to more northerly nesting sites. Fish wallow in warming shallows. And we humans slowly move back toward open water, paddle at the ready, anticipating a warm summer to come._MG_5012_3_4_tonemapped-2

Picture in a picture

When the temps break 70 the masses come out of hibernation to enjoy the great outdoors. Lake Superior is a favorite subject for photographers with endless horizons and colorful lighthouses.

copyright Gene Kalligher

Half and half

The lake tells the story half ice covered half open water. Similar to our spring sunny one day snowy the next. Years like these send us right from winter into summer. We can hope can’t we?

Beauty and the beast

Slow drip of spring

Yes spring in like a lion with a winter storm warning set for today. Payback for a mild winter perhaps? At least the sun is shining we tell ourselves as we grasp for the silver lining!

melting ice cicles

Not so fast

A winter like storm straight from Canada dropped 2-3″ of the fluffy white stuff last night. April fools! Yup I feel like one. Eventually winds died and the sun brightened enough to save the day.Snowy pinesSun across JonesPonds refrozen