CURRENT GRAND MARAIS SCENES: April 2014

I would like to thank everyone again for the positive comments about the pictures I post on the blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com, as well as those I put on my personal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/karen.brzys?ref=tn_tnmn Sometimes, but not always, I duplicate a few of the photos between the two pages. This helps save time, plus there are different people who visit the two web pages.

For this web page update, I have selected some of my favorite pictures taken during the winter months. This has been quite a winter. It has been many years since Lake Superior has been as frozen as it was this year. I am hearing conflicting information about just how much snow we received, but it is close to 300 inches, if not more. Since we never had a thaw this winter, the snow just kept piling up. We are hoping that the initial formation of shore ice, followed by early winter movement of the ice around Lake Superior, and hopefully ending up with significant ice movement on the lake during the spring breakup – will bring new agates to the south shore. Time will tell.

The winter season started early. As the surface of the lake starts to freeze, pancake ice forms. The channel connecting Grand Marais Bay with Lake Superior is the best place to see pancake ice formations.

 

Next are a series of photos of Grand Marais lighthouses taken over the course of the winter.

I think the Grand Sable Dunes are more beautiful in the winter when you get the contrasting colors of various shades of white and brown.

 

As the wind shifts during the winter, it blows the ice back and forth around Lake Superior. Occasionally the ice breaks under the load and piles up. These ice sections are up to 20 feet in diameter.

 

Here are a couple of winter shoreline photos. The first was taken east of town; the second west of town.

Snow, snow, and more snow.

During the depth of the winter, the sun sets to the southwest. We always know spring is coming when the position of the setting sun starts to move toward and beyond Au Sable Point.

 

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