March 14, 2015: It Begins

A flight to Winnipeg took me right past Safety Bay, Clearwater Bay, Shoal Lake, West Hawk and Falcon Lake. Only Safety Bay has open water right now, all those other places are frozen solid.

You can click on these pictures to see larger, zoomable versions.

Safety Bay with Norman in the foreground

Safety Bay with Norman in the foreground.

A good stretch of water is open on Safety Bay, and some is visible in the distance near Channel Island.

This next photo was taken on the return flight in the afternoon, looking south east.

Blue Water at the Winnipeg River headwaters, Safety Bay and Back Channel.

Blue Water at the Winnipeg River headwaters, Safety Bay and Back Channel.

Here’s a closer look at the Channel Island area.

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Channel Island near the center of the picture.

There’s one more notable patch of open water: Devil’s Gap.

Devil's Gap.

Devil’s Gap in the center, Golf Course Bay at the lower right.

I mentioned in my previous post that it would be interesting to compare March 14th, 2015 to April 14th, 2014. Here’s a picture of the Kenora area from eleven months ago.

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LAST APRIL: Looking west, with Devil’s Gap at the left and Safety Bay just above the center.

That big patch of grey on Jackfish Bay is not open water, it’s a cloud shadow. Still, there was more open water then than now, so we aren’t quite a full month ahead of last year’s very late thaw– more like three weeks further along.

The new pictures were taken on the flight to Winnipeg for the Grand Prize winner of the Children’s Art Contest. Emily Pencoff brought her mom, dad, grandma and brother along to see Disney on Ice in Winnipeg. So one last picture: her winning entry.

Emily Pencoff Painting

I cannot wait until the lake looks like that.

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