I received some pictures from airline pilots today, so I thought I’d feature the high altitude viewpoint in this post.
I’ll start with a picture I took yesterday, on descent from 26,000 feet.This image looks south. In the foreground are, from left to right, Upper Black Sturgeon, Lower Black Sturgeon and the Winnipeg River. Beyond that, the image spans almost all of Lake of the Woods, and is roughly centred on Keewatin. Shoal Lake is at the right side of the frame. Big Traverse and the US shoreline are almost on the horizon.
Now let’s look at those contributions from airline pilots. Luke Burak, who flies for WestJet, took this beautiful picture of the northern portion of Lake of the Woods this morning from about thirty miles south of Kenora and an altitude of 34,000 feet.I took the liberty of cropping this picture to eliminate a lot of sky from the top. This saves on upload time (and “cloud” storage. Snort. Sorry.) The bottom edge of this picture is the Alneau Peninsula, and there’s a great view of the open water at Big Narrows and Tranquil Channel at the left. Slightly above the centre are the Barrier Islands, and if you click to zoom in, you can see the water at The Elbow.
Lastly, a photo of Shoal Lake from airline pilot and regular contributor Matthew Render, who snapped this from the cockpit of an Airbus A320.We’re back to looking south for this one. The distinctive pair of islands near the middle are Stevens Island and Dominic Island. Probably of more interest to cottagers are Clytie Bay and Bag Bay at the left edge. At the right edge is Cash Island, and I think that’s part of Crowduck Lake in the foreground.
There’s no overlooking the fact that the lakes are almost entirely frozen, but I think we’ve turned the corner.
Both of these gentlemen have offered to take more pictures in the coming weeks, but of course the skies won’t always be clear enough for them to help.
Thanks, Luke. Thanks, Matthew.