April 2017 – ice out

Typically ice leaves the lake in front of our place some time between late April and early May. We eagerly await this change.

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July 2016 – geese

In celebration of Canada Day and family vacation…

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May 2016

The ice left our lake April 24th which is just a bit early in the range of normal.

It was unspectacular.

Some years, we are treated to delicate ice crystals dancing up on our shore line, some years winds push chunks of ice up as if there was a bulldozer on the other side of the lake. No matter how long it takes or how it looks and sounds in the process, the end result – beautiful blue – is one of my favourite views.

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March 2016

Looking forward to seeing the blue of fresh not frozen water!

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December 2015 icicles

Not every freeze up or ice out is interesting but some times we get spectacular scenes. This fall freeze up provided fascinating ice formations. We had several very windy days as the temperatures dropped and ice began to build up along the shore.

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frozen bubbles

It was as if the bubbles themselves became solid. There were thick layers of ice on every branch, twig and leaf.

ice-encased grasses

The next morning, the wind and water were silent and still.

icicle and ice along the shoreline

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And we were treated to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree!

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Blue July Moon

blue moon July 2015I love the moon. One of my favourite scenes is the reflection of the moon (in any phase) dancing on the water. I love to chase its cycles in anticipation of capturing a beautiful moon rise or set.

The date of the next full moon is always on my radar. When it is likely to be rising or setting around sunset or sunrise, respectively, I scout possible locations for an interesting capture. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a great tool to virtually scout angles and times.

So the blue moon occurring July 31 looked like it could be worth trying to capture.

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The blue dot at the base of the pin is my location. The blue line running from me to the right is the direction to look for the rising moon. I geared up with raincoat, bug jacket, rubber boots and umbrella. All were essential for comfort and survival this particular evening! Here I am at the site.

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What the hundreds of mosquitos and I saw:

 Three Mile Lake rain

It poured! Then broke off and threatened more.  And I mean threatened; thunder and all.

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So I packed it in and headed home hopeful for a morning chance at the moonset over Agimak.

(Note the time at the top of the screen shot below. Yes, I got up just after 5 to get there and set up.) The dark blue line is the moonset direction from Agimak Beach. The moon should be setting directly between the two islands.

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When I got the beach the clouds were starting to move in. It was 14C and breezy.

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I’m pretty certain I had the line right. The moon would have dropped exactly where I expected. I just didn’t get the proof. You can bet I will be chasing the moon again when it rises tonight!

Since I didn’t get the shots I hoped for the August desktop calendar, I pulled a moon shot from my collection. This one is a moonrise I posted about in October 2012. Enjoy.

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Summer solitude

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There’s nothing quite like the quiet of a calm, isolated island or lake; so much more enjoyable on a warm summer day. We haven’t had many days of warmth here yet, but I’m certain we’ll get a few before fall…

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