Posted by: greentangle | April 12, 2022

Winter Lake 12 (The Big Finish)

Winter has been reluctant to leave, which I haven’t minded at all.

3/27

7:45 AM I heard the horns of ship and lift bridge, and looked out the window to see the first laker (Burns Harbor) of the year leaving.

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The day before, I’d been out for a few photos in the morning but the view was nothing special. After the icebreaking in the last post, there was a lot of open water and some ice all together. In the afternoon, I looked out the window and was surprised to see one of my favorite ice views—a sunny day with large distinct white plates of ice floating on the dark blue water. I returned to the window to admire it several times but never went out to take photos. I didn’t carpe the diem, assuming the ice would still be there the next morning, and wound up sadly wrong.

3/30

Freezing rain and snow had started falling during the night, and snow was still coming down, so I went out to play, thinking it could be the last good snow for months.

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Comparing the view through ice-covered glass to the slightly clearer view through the snow.

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While I was taking artsy icy photos, I started hearing a horn. I knew it wasn’t the bridge or the main foghorn, but thought at first it must be another foghorn somewhere because I couldn’t imagine a ship coming in during this weather. But it became “clear” the noise was coming from the Lake, so I started taking photos by sound until I began to see it.

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After I got home, I learned from the internet that it was the Coast Guard icebreaker Spar, which will be stationed here, arriving for the first time. The two ships I showed in the last post are only here temporarily.

3/31

I took a photo from a skywalk to show the extent of reforming ice. The canal is out of the photo to the right.

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When I got home, I made a delicious pasta meal from a recipe live-streamed on the website Heygo by an Italian chef living in the Gili Islands (Indonesia).

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I’ve also learned a lot on that site recently from Ukrainian and Russian tour guides, including one tour done together by a Ukrainian guide and a Russian guide, from Israel where each is now living.

4/1

It was a sunny day in the upper 30s, and a lot more ice had blown in from somewhere.

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The relative warmth, my camera visible instead of tucked under a heavy winter coat, and my Thoreau Society cap sparked conversations. Two women I often see on my walks asked what photos I’d gotten that day. A woman with a dog, my favorite combination, said it was like we were living on the moon, and we agreed it was a good place to live.

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It turned out we’d moved here the same year, and when invited to say hello, her dog happily jumped up to greet me.

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4/2

The next morning, most of the ice had moved out again, but more snow was falling.

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4/4

Waves and illusions of waves.

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4/5

I was going to take a bus to a grocery store up over the hill, but I decided to take some Lake photos first. I noticed a gathering of gulls far out on the ice.

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I moved to a position closer to them, but before I got any better photos of them, my camera battery died. I had the spare with me, but it was too cold and windy to be interested in changing it, so I headed for the bus.

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There was a lot of fog as I went up the hill, and after shopping I swapped batteries and took photos of frosted trees while waiting for the bus home. I was glad I’d brought the camera along.

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4/6

Throughout the night, large clumps of wet snow fell from the roof nine stories above me and exploded loudly on the roof one story below me. It was a sloppy morning, but a beautiful combination of ice, water, sunrise, fog, ships, and geese.

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More snow on the 7th, but the 8th seemed pretty.

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Until giant snowballs began to appear in the sky, and the Eternal Winter began.

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Responses

  1. Nice north country break-up pics and narrative.

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