Posted by: mstrohman | December 2, 2017

Reflection in the Northwoods

My first winter living in the Northwoods is just beginning. It’s December 1st, and I have developed a fascination with the forming ice.  I know most people’s opinions on this is “you can have it”, but I can’t help but love yet another one of God’s miracles of our earth.
3934E6F6-8595-44BD-ABA8-8BA143C49CD4I was convinced that the lake we live on only had a small bit of ice along the shore but upon closer investigation, with binoculars, I found that a little further out, what appeared to the novice to be open water, was simply ice formed with the ripples of the waves. Even farther out, on the other shore I could see the movement of open water.

Well, we have had several inches of snow so far, but it is all melted with our unseasonably warm temperatures (yes, unseasonably warm would be low to mid 40s). Therefore while the ice is forming we still have falling leaves, and it is mesmerizing to watch them fall upon the ice, expecting them to sink, but instead seeing them skitter across for several feet. We comically refer to our outdoors as “the frozen tundra”. I am still shocked at myself that someone who deplores being cold could possibly love it in the Northwoods at this time of year. We shall see if it lasts.9AF6FDA5-F4A0-4B5B-AE11-280AD6F4DE89

I spent some time today traveling to a much larger lake, Lake Minocqua . It was an incredibly windy day, and the white capped waves tore apart the forming ice, already several inches thick in areas. The ice stacked along the shore creating a tinkling sound as the waves continue to crash against them. Next week will likely be a different story as the temperatures are expected to be in single digits. While the thought of bone chilling cold makes me want to cozy up to the fire, the intriguing forming ice will pull me outdoors for a closer view, for a short while anyway.



  1. I’ve always been fascinated with the ice formations on Green Lake. One of my favorite times of year to visit is midwinter. It is a very deep lake, deepest inland lake in WI, so ice forms slowly. I’m love how quiet it is once the waves are stilled by ice.

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