I saw something that looked like an interesting stick so I decided to take a closer look – I’m like that, always poking at stuff that looks interesting. In this case, I was trudging around Gull Island on a rather cold winter day, which is about the only time you can get to Gull Island as it is an important migratory bird nesting colony and for most of the year you are not allowed to even approach it.
In the winter, the water level of Lake Ontario drops significantly, to the point where with a bit of luck, the channel of water between Presqu’ile and Gull Island freezes, forming an ice bridge that allows access. You still can’t get to the neighbouring High Bluff Island as the water in the channel between the two islands moves quite fast and does not freeze.
I had never thought of lake water having strong currents, but guess what – it does.
Getting back to the interesting stick, it turned out to be an interesting and rather frozen frog that was stuck to the ice.
I carefully took a not very interesting stick and used it to flip over the frog. Then I ran away as it was rather creepy…
Images by Katherine © 2013 CKB