Monday evening, July 8th:
I’m calling it (even though it’ll most likely mean more fake-outs are on the way)… on December 8th, 2012 Blue Lake officially froze for the season! I think the converging signs on the ice are clear… we’ve got lasting ice cover!
I am always surprised by the designs in the ice which seem to vary so much from season to season, and how every day holds such a different portrait of the lake.
I saw an otter swimming between open water and ice flows two days ago, seemingly as warm and happy as an otter can be. I would have liked to have seen ’em shimmy across the ice sheet and hunker down in his landed burrow but he seemed on a mission… to catch a fish perhaps?
Speaking of fish, ’tis the season to watch for bald eagles on the side of roadways. As lakes freeze over blocking access to gilled delights, eagles search for carrion, most often occurring in the form of roadkill. So eagles will flock to the meat, super-focused on filling their gullets that they do dangerous things like fly into the path of oncoming cars and wobble into the road after a hearty gorging. Be sure to watch for creatures, in addition to snow and ice, when you navigate those winter roads!
Early Tuesday morning, canoers, kayakers and anglers took to Blue Lake’s calm waters, enjoying the continuing mild air and clear skies of these final days of summer. The fish also seemed to be invigorated by the stellar conditions, jumping by the hundreds in and out of the water in a spectacular array in the middle of the lake.