The weather has warmed up in the last couple of weeks and the surface of the Big Sound has gone from fabulous for skiing, to terrible, to acceptable. About two weeks ago we started a period of a few days where the temperatures were above freezing. This caused a curious change in the snow on top of the ice, it formed a crust about 2 cm (1") thick with about 20 cm (8") of slush below it. All of it on top of the solid frozen ice. You could walk on the Big Sound but it felt like walking in a muddy bog. Snowshoes and skis were pretty much impossible to use. I thought the on ice season was over.
But then it turned cold for the last week and a half and the surface of the ice changed once again. The crust and slush has sort of congealed and froze to form a crusty surface, slippery but easily walked on. So we are back to wandering about the Big Sound and exploring. There is no worry about the ice itself, it's at least 60 cm (24") thick according to the people out there drilling holes in hopes of catching fish. FYI - the fishing has reportedly been terrible.
The surface of the Big Sound now has patches of granular type snow frozen to the ice below and clear sections of ice, not the foot or two of powdery snow a couple of weeks ago. It's in one of the clear patches that this photo was taken. It's not as exciting as an insect embalmed in amber, but it has it's own charm. I suspect the leaf was blown onto the water/ice earlier in the season and was entombed during one of the freeze/thaw cycles. With the sun sun higher in the sky and the snow and ice melting it has been revealed, but still protected below a thin sheet of ice.
Life is all about appreciating the small treasures as they appear. It looks as though it will be possible to play on the ice for another couple of weeks at least. Boating, sailing and kayaking season still looks a long way off.