:: Friday, March 17, 2006 ::
The Lake in Winter
photography: Mandy and I drove out to Lambton County on the shores of Lake Huron on Thursday. We were going to shoot some pics and were looking for Tundra Swans resting on their migration route back North. We found thousands of them. Literally. Unfortunately none too close. More on that in another post...
As you can see, Grand Bend is a different place in winter. Ice covers the beachfront and the winds even on a nice day like yesterday are pretty biting.
In this shot, Mandy is standing defiantly on top of about 15+ vertical feet of solid ice. We walked down the concrete jetty to the channel light, and took in the spectacular seascape in front of us. We then scrambled up higher to the right of the jetty onto the ice wall which had been accumulating all winter .
For those who know the area, she is about 30 feet to the right of the end of the jetty. In the summer, she would be hovering well out over the water in front of the beach. Lake Huron is very shallow here - which makes this small community a summer vacation destination, and you can wade out for several hundred meters in water often less than waist deep. The ice builds up on a similar scale, and while there is no tide, the prevailing winds off Lake Huron do create some huge piles of ice along the shoreline and around features such as the channel marker and extended out of site to the North and South.
In a few weeks it will be all gone again, but for now it looks like the high arctic.
The bigger and better version of this image is on my flickr.
:: Mike Wood 22:24 [+] ::