Fish heads…

Spring @Salmon River Falls…usny

The water has to come from somewhere.   East of the lake, the Salmon River flows 44 miles, before it hits the falls, a 100 ft drop…winding the rest of the way to the lake …it provides a spawning haven for the fish which gives it it’s name.   Spring brings turbulent waters as the melt from the tug hill makes its way to the lake…

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Hope you enjoy the view…

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luvin life on the lake…usny

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First to dock…?

Whether or not these fat bellied red breasts are a sign of springs seems to be a matter of debate.

But there is no debate they are the first to land at the dock this spring.

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As we are half in and half out of the transformation, their bath tub, still not sure if it wants to be frozen or float.

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The ice coverage on the great lakes has been the most extensive since 1979.

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The damage is obvious.  Ice dams blocked outlets in January on Ontario…

west winds  brought high water and forcing ice.  You would not have realized, with 3 times the volume of water as sister lake Erie, freezing  almost completely over this winter, we would be left the twisted fate for 2014, from a 59% freeze over.

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Once the transition starts, it is usually quick, but…

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The nooks and crannies are the last to go.

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In the right spot some can handle the liquid temp not far from the solid one, as the thrill of the first swim and retrieve wins out.

As the water becomes suitable for all to float…

we see the robin, as a sign of spring, sure as we witness the melt…

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There is no debate we are…

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Luvin life on the lake…usny with the signs of spring.

Open water…the last splash

The wait this year has been a test of patience…the winter that won’t end, as we long for the view of open water. Weekend warriors of winter have finally been  foiled as it is the first weekend, April fool’s has finally curtailed their persistence.  The ice finally becoming unsafe for the fodder.

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It always amazes me how long they try and hang on…venturing in my view, risking it all, on the edge of melting ice.

But certain as the ugly duck (merganser) winter wains away, finally some signs of relief…as sure as the swan is more lovely, although still white.

As we patiently still wait for the last splash of winter…

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There is promise of open water in my view…

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luvin life on the lake…usny