I could see the ice was completely gone from the Bight, except for an occasional berg waylaid by shoreline vegetation.
How surprised I was to come upon two sandhill cranes taking a morning beach stroll! Now that the water has opened up, I imagine we will see more shorebirds fishing for food along the bay.
Not all of the ice melt has been a gentle and easy process, however. This past week stiff winds from the across the bay blew huge piles of melting ice into the neighborhood next to mine.
Gigantic ice bricks encroached onto beaches, destroying whatever was in its path, including furniture left out for the winter.
These decks and shore stations were completely upended by the force of the moving ice.
I wondered what signs of spring I'd see on the other side of the peninsula. Bright red buckets were hanging on the trees near Christmas Cove, ready to collect the running maple syrup. I'd not yet been down to Christmas Cove beach because its steep hill is blocked off in the winter. I was delighted to see the entrance was finally opened up.
Driving down the hill to the beach, I gasped at the vista before me. Ice fields covered the water as far as I could see. While it was hauntingly beautiful, I couldn't help but think: It's still winter here!
Not wanting to accept the reality of what I had seen, I made my way south to Peterson Park only to have the same scene repeated. And the Leland Report had mentioned just a few days ago that the ice was gone there. Well, that is not true for Northport! Becoming spring may take a while longer here.