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Off topic post (not watch related) It's been cold here.

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February 15, 2014 06:11PM
I saw a news item yesterday that the Great Lakes are nearly frozen over. The ice coverage is approaching that of the record set during the winter of 1979.

I also read that Lake Ontario remains largely open, for a number of reasons. First of all, it is deep. Secondly, as cold as it has been here, Chicago and Milwaukee have been colder. Also, it is said that the outflow from the Niagara River keeps things churned up in the West end of the lake.

Here's my view to the East.

Here's what it is supposed to look like. laughing

So, what you see is solid ice, extending out about 100 meters from the natural shoreline. Then, as the waves crash upon the new ice shore, a wall of ice is formed at the edge. Then there is 300-400 meters of slushy ice chunks. Then open water beyond that.

At times, the slush looks like you could walk on it. Then a wave will come, and it moves up and down in an eerie, slow-motion ripple.

If you fell off one of these ice formations, you would find yourself in 8 feet of water, with chunks of slush floating on top.

It would be very difficult to climb back out, because the ice is 6-8 feet high, and nearly straight up. Also, the ice shelf might not go all the way to the bottom!

At that point, the freezing water would quickly lower your core body temperature. In these conditions, you have about 60 seconds of usefulness. And if your head were to become immersed, you might experience an involuntary gasp reflex, in which case, you would drown instantly.

In other words, it's a deathtrap. I do not go very near the edge.

Looking to the West, it reminds me of a lunar landscape.

I'm facing up-sun here, so the colors look a bit washed out.

Stay warm, folks!

Off topic post (not watch related) It's been cold here. Jpeg Attachments

Dave M265February 15, 2014 06:11PM

Wow, we have been very blessed temperature wise in these parts...

James T. KirkĀ©46February 17, 2014 04:19PM

I'll take it! laughing Actually, we had a nice day today. (n/t)

Dave M50February 20, 2014 01:50AM

Beautiful pics, Dave....

carlos x46February 17, 2014 02:54PM

Thanks, Chuck. It's a good plan. Thumbs Up (n/t)

Dave M40February 20, 2014 01:47AM

Wonderful pics man! (n/t)

Larry47February 17, 2014 01:56PM

Thank you! Larry. smile (n/t)

Dave M42February 20, 2014 01:46AM

Wow Dave what incredible images! I remember while in Carmel you described this cove - it's beautiful! Thumbs Up (n/t)

Nuvolari49February 17, 2014 04:40AM

Thank you! Michael. There wasn't quite this much ice that day in Carmel laughing laughing >

Dave M44February 17, 2014 12:56PM

Love the shots! (n/t)

Dre47February 17, 2014 01:31AM

Thank you, Dre. smile (n/t)

Dave M39February 17, 2014 12:56PM

awesome (n/t)

ncmoto39February 16, 2014 11:06PM

Thanks, Ken. smile (n/t)

Dave M45February 17, 2014 01:25AM

Great shots! Thumbs Up (n/t)

Micha47February 16, 2014 10:22PM

Thank you! Micha. smile (n/t)

Dave M49February 17, 2014 01:24AM

Great shots Dave thanks for sharing. Very interesting. (n/t)

Dave P48February 16, 2014 02:16PM

Thanks, Dave. smile good to see you. (n/t)

Dave M49February 16, 2014 10:15PM

Dave , stay safe and warm! But the pics are great! Cheers! Thumbs up! (n/t)

IF53February 16, 2014 07:34AM

Thank you! Yannis! smile (n/t)

Dave M35February 16, 2014 10:14PM

Those are some amazing pictures Dave! The ice shelves are pretty incredible.

Timemiser61February 15, 2014 10:59PM

Thank you! Tim, I have been doing my kayaking in the pool >>

Dave M42February 16, 2014 02:01PM

Great shots & great news!

RussMurray51February 15, 2014 10:54PM

I'm not sure of the history of the ice buildup? But the Lake levels are>>

Dave M44February 16, 2014 04:46PM

Giving that new Nikon a cold workout. Thumbs Up

Chris L50February 15, 2014 10:15PM

Indeed, Chris. Hope you can shake all your ailments soon. (n/t)

Dave M51February 16, 2014 04:41PM

Beautiful shots. Clapping! But for me ........

Robmks49February 15, 2014 10:05PM

Thank you! Bob. laughing laughing (n/t)

Dave M55February 16, 2014 04:40PM

Very interesting and nice photos...thank you! (n/t)

RR21853February 15, 2014 09:26PM

Thank you! marcel. I'm thinking that there is more ice>>

Dave M42February 16, 2014 04:39PM

Nice Multiple pictures in this post Thumbs Up (n/t)

wodo55February 15, 2014 07:47PM

Thank you! mr. Wodo. I think if you fell off the edge, >>

Dave M53February 16, 2014 04:38PM

Cheers! (n/t)

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