My flight today didn’t take me over the lake or close to Minaki, but we did briefly fly north of Kenora, so I did manage a couple of shots of the Winnipeg River from the south end.
The first picture looks north west from over the north end of Dufresne Island. The white stuff near the nose of the airplane is just a wispy little cloud. Locke Bay and Muriel Lake are in the middle distance. Still some ice there.
For this second shot, we’ve turned more north, so you can see Big Sand and Gun Lake near the horizon. Both are frozen. Closer to the foreground are the mouth of Locke Bay and Laurenson’s Island. The streaky bits at the bottom are the same cloud as in the previous picture.
That’s as close to Minaki as we went before we needed to turn towards the airport.
This is Lower Black Sturgeon, seen from the west. The ice there is melting along the shore and looks like it could go completely in the next few days if we stay warm and sunny. Silver Lake, visible in the distance, is a deep lake and will take much longer.
Kenora has three suburban lakes: Rabbit Lake, Round Lake and Laurenson’s Lake. I photographed Laurenson’s the other day, and it was starting to go. Today Round Lake, the smallest of the three, went completely in a matter of hours. In the morning it was icy. By lunchtime it was opening up, after lunch there was only a small patch of candled ice at the downwind end.
I will be out of town for the weekend starting tomorrow, so there will be no fresh pictures for a few days. I won’t have access to my desktop computer, only my tablet, so I will be limited guest photos, if there are any, and updating the satellite links.
I expect the thaw will carry on without me.