26 December 2007

This Lake Speaks: Minamkeak Lake on A Moonlight Night

It's 3:27 in the morning and I just returned from a
late night walk. You see, I was sitting at home
enjoying a tea, when I heard sounds coming from
the forest. So, I went outside on this clear, moonlight
night, and was astounded by the voices coming
from Minamkeak Lake.

I call it "Lake Speak". This happens when air
pressure builds under the ice of a frozen lake, and
seeks release, causing sounds much like a water
drum, or a loud rumbling noise. There are occasions
when this pressure breaks through the ice with a
loud explosion, producing a reef-like ridge of broken
ice that runs long distances over the lake.

So, I walked to the lake, and listened to it speak.
There were times when I heard this loud water
drumming a mile away across the ice, then, a
second later, would hear the thin ice creak near my
feet. Amazing! I felt privileged to be a spectator,
there, at a late hour, on a beautiful moonlight
night, looking out over the lake to witness the
symphony of sounds. Such a wonderful gift from
the Winter Solstice.

Now, I must go to bed and dream. When I close
my eyes, I'll be at the lake, recalling the beautiful
scene. If I'm fortunate, I'll be able to hear the lake
speaking before I fall asleep.

Merry Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie,

I live beside a lake and have heard it "speak" many times. For me, this has always been a sign that rain is on the way...We shall see.

Laurie said...


Yes, that's exactly right. I was telling a friend, yesterday, that I thought we would have rain today, rather than snow.

Bye now,