Many folks might think I might be referring to the neat article featuring my year long photography project published on Friday as the cover article for Weekend Outdoors in the newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul), but you would be mistaken. Instead I learned an important lesson at sunrise yesterday, do not trust the collective intelligence of ice fishermen! Ever heard of Lemmings?!
24 hours earlier I had noticed ice fishermen heading out onto the Lake Superior ice in search of trout and salmon. I figured, if all these folks are out on the Lake Superior ice, it must be safe, correct? Not!
Although I was only 15 yards off shore at Brighton Beach, while fisherman were 600 yards out, guess who broke through and got wet? I suspect it was an ice pocket where water had seeped through a crack, but scary and not the kind of morning for a partial dunking. I immediately lay 100% prone to spread my weight and rolled onto some good ice. My clothes froze solid during the short 300 yard walk back to my car.
Later in the afternoon as I was returning from my volunteering gig at the Sax-Zim Bog Visitor Center, I noticed a huge expanse of open water out on the lake where it had been solid ice at sunrise. Finally, because this is mainly a “bird photography” blog, here is a sharp-tailed grouse I photographed during my morning drive to the visitor center.
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