ice over Lake Erie

I had to fly to Pittsburgh today for a business trip.  we flew on a small Cessna twin-prop airplane out of the smaller city airport in Detroit.  how nice to park my car, walk 50 feet to the airplane, and be taxing down the runway and up in the air maybe 10 or 15 minutes later.  on the return trip, we flew over Lake Erie, and I snapped a few shots of the broken up ice chunks covering the lake.  [it’s my cheap cell phone, so don’t comment on the picture quality.]

the 1st picture is towards the southern edge of Lake Erie (along the north side of Ohio, Cleveland area):

the 2nd picture also of Lake Erie, but much less ice cover, as we flew north towards Ontario before making the left-hand turn to land in Detroit.

I don’t think there is any land visible in the 2 pictures – we were far enough over the lake to not see either shore.  all the white is just huge chunks of surface ice.  I’m guessing the natural flow of the water combined with the prevailing winds push all the ice to the south and east portions of the lake.

maybe some crazy frost-biters would consider sailing right now on Lake Erie, but it looks to me like us warm-weather sailors have got a few months more to wait around here.  I can hardly wait!

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