Last week I was skating on Lake Superior. Things change quickly when you live by the largest freshwater lake in the world. A strong storm blew through this week. The North Shore went from no snow to 26 inches in two days. Strong easterly winds blew for over five days producing twenty plus foot waves. The waves put pressure on that smooth ice breaking it up and piling it along the shore. Today Steve and Sue Van Kekerix and their two kids, Jessie and Jacob, Karla and I went back to where I skated and the landscape had changed completely. The clear blue ice is still there, however, it is now piled up in chunks. It looks like the Canadian arctic.
The attached photo shows the size of some of the ice shards. The interesting thing about this particular ice shard is the reflections. If you look closely you can see what appear to be clouds in the bottom of the ice shard. The ice is so smooth that it reflects the snow that is on the lower piece of ice.