Recently I’ve been reading about the Great Lakes, and will be putting up a couple posts about them.

And today, my folks sent these pictures, from the shore of Lake Ontario.

A windstorm in February had gusts of 69 mph, stacking the ice fifteen feet high on the beach, and coating the trees along the shore with ice.

After the beautiful, delicate formations on the streams in the Finger Lakes, this ice has a strange cast to it, and looks decidedly less friendly!







2   Dinosaur boneyard


















Great Lakes, NY, Ontario, snow, Things to Do When Your Water Crystallizes on You, Uncategorized, United States, Upstate New York, Winter

Lake Ontario. March. Not-so-nice-ice.


43 thoughts on “Lake Ontario. March. Not-so-nice-ice.

  1. The formations in the first two photographs remind me of those farm implements that have long helical blades, one of which in fact shows up in the Related section: “Walks Around The Finger Lakes. Fall of 2018.” Picture 5 leaves no doubt about which way the wind was blowing. All in all a bit scary.

  2. These ice formations are stupendous and dangerous. All I can say is that I would not want to climb or walk over these monstrous formation. Great photos, Robert!

  3. I’d seen some photos and videos of the ice blowing ashore from the lakes and stacking up on shore, but these are even more impressive, and not necessarily in a good way.

    The first two photos, particularly the rib cage effect of the second, bring to mind some of my favorite words from the artist Andrew Wyeth: “I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape—the lonliness of it—the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it—the whole story doesn’t show.”

    • Thank you, Otto. Yes, it’s been a heck of a winter, lots of windy subzero days, but now the weather station is promising we’ll climb above the freezing mark this weekend! All this winter, I’ve been admiring fellow-bloggers’ ice photos, and don’t remember ever seeing such variety, and beautiful creations.

    • Yes, definitely an alien feeling. I think the 60 mph wind picked up a lot of sand, algae, and grit, that gave the ice that brownish cast, a bit creepy. My folks waited for a calm, relatively warm day, to go to the lake and see it.

  4. I saw these scary pictures yesterday and had a nightmare last night that included “Dinosaur Boneyard” … funny thing was, my hydrangeas were in full bloom all around them and my dog peed on the dinosaurs. Believe it or not…. 🙂

  5. Those lakes get some frightening weather. Some of our lakes/reservoirs had ice piles similar to those although not quite as fiercely created. I would not want to be in a boat with those things floating around.

  6. I saw photos of that ice online somewhere – it is really mind-boggling. Please thank your parents for braving the elements to take these – I think it’s good for us all to be reminded that we are humble before nature’s power.

  7. Will be eager to read some of your thoughts and impressions about the Great Lakes. Glad you shared these pictures from your parents, those formations are quite something, all right. Hope you’re having a good week, Robert.

    • Thank you, Jason, and hope your week is going well, too. I haven’t been much out of Milwaukee and Chicago, but reading and talking to people here, these big lakes promise to be really interesting.

  8. I read the first book in Game of Thrones (but haven’t seen the TV thing), these pictures remind me of the wintery place on the wrong side of the wall. Spooky.

  9. I have had reports from home (Stouffville Ontario) about the endless cycle of freeze,thaw, ice storm,freeze. The barn where I ride has not been able to get the horses out to the paddocks as they are too icy. Your photos are marvelous. So dramatic.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s