I have pictures from two flights today.
The first batch are taken from a Walsten Air plane this afternoon. I was able to take some shots of the Winnipeg River and Kenora’s Harbourfront as I brought one of our King Airs in from the north .
The second batch were taken by Bill Scribilo from the Kenora Flying Club plane at the same time. Bill was out taking some pictures for Century 21 Reynard Real Estate, and he ranged further afield, reaching as far as Clearwater Bay and Crow Rock.
I’ll start with mine.
You can click on these pictures to see a larger, zoomable version.
This first photo shows the way water has come to dominate the Harbourfront and the headwaters.
As you can see, the water along Safety Bay now connects to the open water in Keewatin Channel. Let’s take a closer look.
There’s significant progress at both Devil’s Gap and the Keewatin Channel. Patches of open water reaching out from Keewatin Channel towards Scotty Island have grown a lot in the last week.
I’ll just back up a bit for the River Dwellers. I got a good look at the river from Minaki to Kenora. Big Sand Lake and Gunn Lake are still frozen, but the river is opening. The Big Stretch has water from end to end, at least down the middle of the river. The shorelines are still icy.
In case you’re more interested in the more southerly part of the river, here’s a shot taken closer to Kenora.
Okay, that’s it for my shots. Now let’s take a look at Bill Scribilo’s. He forwarded them to me at full resolution, so you can click on them to see the large, zoomable version.
Bill flew as far west as Clearwater Bay, but it’s all ice, so I’m not including those pictures. More change is visible in photographs such as this one taken around Crow Rock.
From there, he moved on to the Barrier Islands to capture this update on the Devil’s Elbow.
There’s a lot more water in the Elbow that when I photographed it just a few days ago.
Then, as he flew north, Bill pointed his camera east down Andrew Bay.
There are two important things to consider when you look at today’s photographs: First, the lake is still has about 95% ice cover. Second, that ice is getting thinner every day.
We have several days of mild weather coming, with overnight lows expected to be at or above the freezing point.
Remember, we had a great thaw in February that stripped off all the snow cover. Then early March was very cold, and we made ice, putting us behind an average year. Now we might be catching up again. Geese and seagulls have begun to arrive.