Today I managed some quick shots of different areas to give you an idea what’s happening. The main thing is, all that snow and a night of below freezing temperatures didn’t really do much to slow down the melt.
This photograph, looking north, shows Town Island just above the front of the engine. Disregard the weird propeller blades, they’re just something dreamed up by the digital camera. Water is spreading out from Keewatin Channel into the Tangle at the left side of the picture. More notably, in spite of fresh snow, large patches of lake ice look slushy.
Now to move a little further from town.
Look closely near the center of this picture. Between Scotty Island, in the foreground, and Middle Island, behind it, there’s a patch of open water where the current squeezes between two little islands.
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We flew south east towards the Barrier Islands for a minute or two.
There’s a little water between Allie Island and Mather Island.
And lots of water in Big Narrows already. This photo also looks south east.
Later in the flight, we had a chance to check part of the Winnipeg River.
Tom snapped this one while I was busy flying. It looks north, and I think that’s the Little Dalles in the middle of the picture. You can see the main channel is really starting to open up.
So far, I think we’re running about a week ahead of last year. That’s not bad, especially as the ice is thinner this year, and may go faster. I also looked back at 2012, because that was a very early spring. By mid-March of 2012, the ice looked really rotten. This year, it’s just starting to turn darker. Then again, there were lots of years when I didn’t take any pictures in March at all. If you want look at some of my old pictures and draw your own conclusions, there are links for all my pictures from 2009 at the right side of this page.