News and views, and history and humor, about the lake I love.

"I can hear my granddad's stories of the storms out on Lake Erie, where vessels and cargos and fortunes, and sailors' lives were lost." ~ James Taylor, Millworker

Monday, February 20, 2012

Winter morning

It's a beautiful winter morning on Lake Erie and I want to celebrate it by posting a few pics, so please enjoy them. There are just some things that cannot be conveyed adequately with a photograph but must be experienced, and perhaps this is one of them. So if these photographs capture just a hint of the wonder I feel then it's all good.

This is a good time to thank everyone who has become a regular visitor to this site or who at some time or other has been passing through. A few days ago I looked at my blog stats and realized I have surpassed 10,000 page views. Now I realize that in the scheme of things that's not a huge number and I also realize that some of those views are my own, but it still feels a little gratifying to see the numbers. Thank you all.

When I first began this site a little over a year ago I set out to create a place in which to celebrate the remarkable body of fresh water we call Lake Erie. It has been an unexpected joy. The lake has many issues that need attending to and I have tried to throw a little light on those, yet for me it still holds a sense of wonder and that is what pushes me to keep going, through photographs and stories. My goal this year is to increase my posting output if I can and hopefully generate more response from viewers. I especially welcome your ideas and thoughts.

Lake Erie is a wonderful treasure that calls out to us to be explored. Thank you for joining me on my journey!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Winter returns to the lake...again!

Photo by Rich Norgard
After a mild January and first half of February, winter has returned with a vengeance, sending arctic air down from Canada across the Great Lakes and beyond. A stiff nor'wester had the waves crashing against the shore, coating the rocks -- and anything within reach of the spraying water -- with ice. I braved the cold wind today to snap some photos that I am sharing with you all.

Photo by Rich Norgard
Photo by Rich Norgard

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A spring-like winter's day on Lake Erie

Photo by Rich Norgard
As I look out my window the winter scene out on Lake Erie contrasts sharply with the scene a year ago, when ice shanty's dotted the lake. By all accounts this has been an unusually warm winter so far, compared to, say, Alaska, where they are experiencing some of the coldest temperatures and highest snow falls in recent memory.

With the aid of a brisk wind from the northeast, the ice that has accumulated along the shore of Catawba Island is breaking loose and drifting off toward Port Clinton. Many of these mini icebergs make fine rafts for the many sea gulls that hop aboard for a free ride.

One sure sign that this is not your normal winter is the fact that the Catawba Island ferry is running again. The announcement was made the other day that the ferry running from the end of Catawba over to Put-in-Bay will provide service four times per day as long as the lake stays free of ice. Many islanders are taking advantage of the opportunity to hop over here to the mainland to pick up groceries, watch a movie, or visit relatives. However, it's not so good news for pilots who make a living on the Put-in-Bay run.

With apologies to the pilots and the ice fishermen, I'm hoping the warm weather continues. Watching the sea birds ice hop and the sun shimmer off the cold water is more than worth it.

Photo by Rich Norgard
Photo by Rich Norgard