No swimming yet, kids

Tree in ice reflections, Marquette Harbor

Tree in ice reflections, Marquette Harbor

You may feel tired of seeing ice pictures.

Many here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are weary, too, of the broken ice which swells into the bays of Lake Superior, then blows outward, then returns to us in patterns and reflections and shattered icebergs.

Tourists and locals, alike, stand with cameras documenting this very late phenomenon. Folks question the last time so much ice remained on Memorial Day weekend.  It’s THE topic of conversation.  A friend emailed yesterday:  Do you think the Lake Trout Fishing Festival will still happen in two weeks?

On the History Page of the L’Anse Sentinel–dated May 10, 1950–the editor noted:  “The ice in L’Anse Bay finally broke up and was blown out to Lake Superior early Tuesday morning on a high south west wind.  According to many of the old timers May 9 is the latest the ice has gone out in many years.  Some claim the last late spring was in 1905 or earlier.”

Seems like we’re breaking records.  I remember our kids swimming in a very cold Lake Superior on Memorial Day weekend.  Just don’t plan on swimming too early this year, kids.

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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20 Responses to No swimming yet, kids

  1. Dawn says:

    Crazy. When I get nostalgic for life in the UP I”ll look at your ice pictures and be glad I’m a little bit further south. Maybe. On the other hand….well…I’m still nostalgic for life in the woods.

  2. Susan D says:

    I love the ice pictures! I’m fascinated by the different patterns every day, and by the phenomenon in general. I’m glad you continue to post your incredible photos, K. Sue :)

  3. Fountainpen says:

    Well I first thought the picture was indeed upside down but as I tried to turn it right side up I realized that would made all the ice really ICE CLOUDS and whoever heard of ice clouds hanging in the sky!!??!

    It’s a great picture. Kathy.
    I know how much you like reflections
    Thanks
    Fountainpen

  4. Elisa says:

    I like the reflections in this one, and I do not exactly view it as ice. It added to my pondering this morning about perspective, perception, and mirrors. I am glad right in this moment not to be pondering a list of what i am sick and tired of :D

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Absolutely gorgeous and I love the reflections!! I wouldn’t swim either.

  6. lisaspiral says:

    Well there is the polar bear club……. Of course they usually jump in January not in June. :)

  7. Carol says:

    An ice bath could be invigorating. Or breath-taking. Since I need my breath and too much invigoration could be bad for my heart, I think I’ll just stay here and enjoy your photos.

  8. Love the picture, she says through sneezes and sniffles. While you wait for warm weather, I am in allergy misery….but I’m not complaining, although a little rain to wash this pollen away would be nice. we have watched the weather UP there all winter. You guys have had a rough one for sure. Maybe it was a good thing we weren’t there……Thanks for the pictures :)
    Gay Herron

  9. Colleen says:

    Kathy, you’ve captured so much with this photo. Beautiful!

  10. The mere thought of sticking a single toe in that frigid water sends chills down my spine!

  11. Janet says:

    Nope, not tired of seeing the ice pictures. It is so very different from what is here in California. It’s hot today and I’d like to splash some of that icy water onto myself.

  12. Stacy says:

    Well, I must admit, Kathy, that I am not tired of seeing ice. Not when it’s going to hit 90 degrees today – and climbing for the remainder of a very long, hot, and humid summer. Is there a happy medium somewhere?? xo

  13. Heather says:

    I was weary of the ice, but also sad when it left. It’s such a neat thing to see, and hear. I love when it blows around, showing up in unexpected places in crystalline piles. And definitely watch that swimming!

  14. Lovely photo with the tree reflection. Good job with the camera, Kathy. Nice descriptions of the ice on Lake superior. It seems this past winter was “The Winter” for I know it was colder in my neck of the woods than I can ever remember. There are scant butterflies but the usual birds are here in the usual numbers this spring.

  15. This was a record-breaking winter, no doubt! I’m happy to hear that warmth and Spring have finally reached your neck of the woods, Kathy!

  16. Robin says:

    Might be a good year for a late polar bear plunge. :D

  17. dorannrule says:

    I have never seen reflections in ice before. This photo is so exquisite I would almost want to wait to swim until mid-June just to be able to get more pictures like it.

  18. Awesome photo! Climate change may well bring us many new things to photograph…

  19. What a very cool picture!

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