Monday, April 7, 2014
Today was pretty gray, with overcast skies a lot of the time. I was deep into a sewing project that I dearly want to finish, so I wasn't paying much attention to the views out my windows.
Late in the day, I walked out to get some fresh air, and, lo and behold, there were three freighters heading north straight out from White Rock Shoal. The telephoto lens collapses the distance from shoreline to ship, so do keep in mind that these ships were quite a distance out on the lake.
Those two white patches closer to shore, but near the ships, are some of the many ice chunks that are still floating in Lake Huron. These two freighters, one of which might be a thousand footer, were in the lead, with another shorter ship not too far behind.
Boatnerd.com is reporting difficult passage due to ice buildup in from the Soo down to Mackinac yet. But when we drove back from Ohio this past weekend, we stopped by the Blue Water Bridges in Port Huron, Michigan where the St. Clair River is free of ice.
It will probably be a few weeks until shipping moves freely on the upper lakes, but it does look like Lake Huron is open for business.