It’s only a couple of days since I last posted photographs, so I’ll just put up one to show that things are changing steadily near downtown Kenora.
I snapped this picture from near the airport as we circled to land, then cropped it to make Safety Bay and Rat Portage Bay more visible. Click on it to zoom in and take a look at those areas, and you’ll be able to see a few interesting things. The floatplane docks and the MS Kenora are clear of ice. Coney Island is about half clear, and the ice at Coney Island Beach looks candled*. Lastly, ice on Rat Portage Bay is letting go both east and west of Gun Club Island, so it will soon be wide open like Safety Bay.
*Candled is a term used to describe ice that is breaking down into individual crystals. Those can take the form of long hexagons, shaped much like the little pencils you get at golf courses. They float like a mat, flexing from wave action and tinkling like wind charms. They don’t last long.