It’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to drag a kayak onto Thayer Lake when the ice had just begun to melt. The lake has a different personality when it’s still half covered with ice. The water has a cold gray darkness. The surrounding trees are still without leaves. Not surprisingly, I tend to have the entire lake to myself when it’s only half-thawed.
Regardless, I saw an opportunity to take some pictures, so I headed out onto the lake on April 5, just a few days after the ice cleared from the south end of Thayer Lake. When the water is only 35 degrees, one tends to take extra care not to tip the kayak.