We were in Winnipeg on the weekend of May 17 for a high school reunion, (which is another story) and spent some time with family. My brother and his wife live in Gimli, Manitoba, which is a town on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. The lake is the 10th largest in the world. It is now suffering many trials and tribulations, and is in effect, very sick. More on that later, but first a bit of a story. On our there for a visit, an hour so north of Winnipeg, we decided to stop in the town of Winnipeg Beach and take a look at the lake. Surprisingly, the ice was still on the lake. We later told that it was highly unusual for this late in the year, and could be the latest breakup in memory.
I took this with my iPhone in panorama. Looks very cold, and it was. The wind was coming in off the lake and was biting.
The lake, as I mentioned earlier, is in big trouble. From zebra mussels to huge algae blooms (visible from space), there are a myriad of issues threatening the life of this great body of water. I have dropped a couple of links here, and, if you are interested, click them and find out more about the struggle to save this place.