Looking forward to sailing on this great body of water, I wanted to investigate a boat ramp. I hopped out of my car and ran down the launch. To my disappointment, the water level is so low that nearly the entire ramp is exposed - not that I could use it anyway, given that the lake is still covered in ice.
Spring ice on Kluane Lake.
There wasn't much snowfall this year and I worried that there might not be enough snowpack in the mountains to raise the water level high enough to use the launch this season. I crossed my fingers and hoped I was wrong.
From the end of the ramp, I surveyed the lake. The sun was shining and the breeze refreshing. I couldn't resist a short walk down the shoreline.
As I walked and the breeze picked up, I heard a tinkling sound. Looking at the layer of rotting ice, just off the shore, I saw slivers of candle ice. They were clattering and ringing like wind chimes.
The wind died off and the chimes grew silent. I waited for more but the wind was taking an extended break. It wasn't long before I decided to lend a helping hand. I shot a few short video clips, which I have since put to music in a little segment I call "The Candle-Ice Waltz". You can watch here:
If, like me, you just can't get enough of candle ice, here are a few more photos from my visit.