May 13, 2010

The Candle-Ice Waltz

On my way back to Whitehorse from my week in Beaver Creek, I made a stop or two along the shores of Kluane Lake. 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) long and 400 km2 (154.4 sq. miles), it's the largest lake contained entirely within the Yukon border.

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.


Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

I have never heard of candle ice. I am learning all kinds of interesting and cool things from reading your blog! I think the story you told the other day, the completion to that mystery barn, was REALLy cool.

Marian said...

Love the video and the photos. Great job.

Meandering Michael said...

I aim to please - AND be informative! :D