“The Icy Fingers of March”
“Winter teetered on the verge of succumbing to the returning sun, but today the breeze still preferred the touch of snowflakes”
Many miles from the tropical shores of the Sea of Cortez, which I have so fondly remembered of late, lies another shoreline. The shore of Lake Ontario. In stark contrast to the warm sands and tropical breezes of Baja, these shores, transitioning from the icy grip of winter to the milder days of spring, still show significant evidence of the extremes in temperatures the region has recently seen and the raw beauty of this magnificent lake, when conditions are right.
Just last week, temperatures plummeted and a severe winter storm passed through. The sub-zero temperatures and high winds, whipped Lake Ontario into a monster not to be trifled with. All that remains as evidence, is the otherworldly landscape along the shores. Bizarre icicles drip from the branches exposed to chilly waters, now beginning to melt as the air slowly loses its chill and the sun gradually warms the frozen shores.
This scene, like a passage into another realm, invokes thoughts of transition, from one world, frozen, yet beautiful, to another, warm and welcoming. Late afternoon light beams through the ice, lighting it, as if from within, causing it to almost glow with its own energy. The waves rolling in, are slightly warmer than the ice and begin to melt it from below.
Spring seemed so willing to move in earlier in the month, but the remainder of winter decided to make its presence known with, what we hope, is one final show. Though it may look nice in the photo, the winds coming off the lake are still cold enough to give us frozen fingers of our own, but hopefully, not for much longer.
iPhone 7 back camera 3.99mm f/1.8
1/640 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20