Last night’s rain cleared all the snow from the ice and coated it in water, leaving the lake shining like a mirror this morning. This afternoon, the temperature peaked at 20°C in Kenora, and the wind was strong.
Don’t get too excited by this first photograph. Most of the water you see is a thin layer over ice.
As we turn the plane, the lighting will improve, and you’ll be able to see the difference more clearly.
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The light is better in this picture, taken with the plane facing north. Treaty Island sprawls across the picture just above the center line. In the foreground, lots of ice, but much darker than it was two days ago. At the left, around Shragges Island, open water is pushing out toward Leisure Island (hidden by the nose of the plane.)
This shot offers a better look at Devil’s Gap and Treaty Island.
Next, see how the ice has darkened in Rat Portage Bay.
Today’s pictures show a big change from two days ago. We have some heavy rain coming this weekend, and after a day of cool temperatures Sunday, we should be back to warm weather for all of next week. That’s a good combination, in the right order. After that, I wish for strong winds.