I got some new photographs this morning. Lake ice continues to weaken all over.
Tech note: For the last few years, I have taken pictures with my trusty smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy 5 Neo. This winter, some dust got inside the lens, and there have been black specks on the pictures ever since. It was often possible to crop them out on the Ice Patrol photos, but I have been wanting to address the issue.
Starting tomorrow, photographs will be taken using a new phone, a Samsung Galaxy S10e.
As usual, you can click on these pictures to see a full-screen version that can be zoomed to full resolution.
First up, a familiar shot: Rat Portage Bay and Safety Bay. If we take off on Runway 26, this is what we see soon after departure.
This time, I’ve included Laurenson’s Lake. All three of Kenora’s suburban lakes—Rabbit Lake, Round Lake and Laurenson’s Lake—are darkening fast. Over on Rat Portage Bay and Safety Bay, water is eating away at the weakening ice.
Here’s a look at Devil’s Gap and Treaty Island.
Although the ice roads are still visible as relatively strong lines, the ice appears to be rotting over wide areas now.
As Devil’s Gap went behind the wing, we were able to photograph more of the area around Town Island.
This looks west over Matheson Bay, and clearly shows Rogers Island, just in front of the wingtip, then Galt Island, Gordon Island and Town Island.
Now a shot from further away that includes a bit more territory.
This picture includes not only Matheson Bay in the centre foreground, but also Bare Point and part of Bald Indian Bay to the left. Beyond Bare Point is Lunny Island, and beyond that Middle Island and Scotty Island are in the middle distance.
As we turned east, we caught this view of Northern Harbour and Longbow Lake.
Pine Portage Bay is half hidden behind the nose of the aircraft, but it’s all frozen, as is Longbow Lake. With the sun shining on the ice, it wasn’t as easy to judge the colour or condition of the ice here.