Looking out towards the lake on Monday evening we spotted a Coast Guard Cutter headed in the direction of  the Aerial Lift Bridge. Then we saw another one and another one.  A trio of Coast Guard Cutters were coming in to get fuel and provisions before leading a convoy of two or three lakers (boats) from Two Harbors, back across the lake and  to the Soo Locks.   My 70-200mm lens helped to bring them into focus, but they were still very far away.  I was fortunate to see them up close this morning on way into work as they were docked and getting prepped for the next leg of their journey.

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw
Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay

I missed getting a photo of the third Coast Guard Cutter, Katmai Bay.  I wasn’t expecting to see a third one until my view was partially blocked by trees.

Here are all three boats docked this morning.

Trio Of Coast Guard Cutters
Katmai Bay
Morro Bay


Ice Blossom
Ice Flow

Temperatures were in the single digits this morning with a below zero windchill.  Although spring is here according to the calendar and shipping season on the Great Lakes is underway, the weather is not cooperating.  Judging by all of the ice still on the lake and in the harbor, the Coast Guard Cutters will have their work cut out for them. (Pun intended)

Lake Superior Ice

One of the greatest things about living near the largest fresh water lake in the world is seeing how it changes from day-to-day.  During spring and summer months it can be deep blue or if the winds are high, the clay soil churns up to make it look brown.  In the winter there can be days where the surface is covered with ice.  If the winds change, all of the ice pushes to shore to create open water.  After a number of very cold days a couple of weeks ago there was a shallow layer of ice.  Last week the winds pushed all of the ice into the shoreline to create a jagged surface resembling broken panes of glass.

Panes Of Ice

A number of people were out ice fishing just off the shore.  The journey out with their equipment was likely a little rough.

Extreme Ice Fishing
Bumpy Road Ahead

I wasn’t as adventurous as the ice fishermen or the couple that made their way out onto the ice.  I enjoyed the wonder of the ice from the safety of the shore.

Love On The Ice

The overcast afternoon wasn’t great for photos, but the icy rocks and shoreline still made it beautiful.

Icy Shoreline
Icy Rocks
Dripping With Ice
Mushroom Top
Empty Benches