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February Can Be a Lonely Month in the Finger Lakes

The huge winter snow storm that blanketed much of the midsection of the nation on the first of February didn’t amount to much here in the Finger Lakes. On Groundhog Day we awoke to about four inches of new snow. With the passing of the storm, our skies cleared and we were treated to two beautiful days of blue skies and sun.

Canandaigua Lake as Seen From Kershaw Park

But February can be a lonely month as I walked along the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake. Gone were all of the ducks and geese as waters of Canandaigua Lake are now frozen over and there is very little open water left for them to drink. Looking to the south, the lake is frozen as far as the eye can see. On this Friday morning, only a few ice fishermen were brave enough to set up their tents near the eastern shore.

Flag Pole Near Streamboat Landing

The only moving thing was a brisk wind coming up the lake towards Steamboat Landing. The flag there was stretched tightly from the pole as if frozen in place by the cold. Even as the morning sun shone on the snow and ice encrusted rocks along the lake, an early spring seemed to be as far away as the walk was back to my truck!

Rocks Along the Shoreline of Canandaigua Lake

James R. Bupp

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