Frozen lake at sunset.

Actually, quite a small section of Last Mountain Lake at sunset in winter. Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 1990s.

Last Mountain Lake, also known as Long Lake, is approximately 93 km long but only 3 km wide at its widest point.

The northern section, where this shot was taken, is the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The area is a major staging ground for Snow Geese on autumn migration along with other wildfowl and Sandhill Cranes.

Frozen lake at sunset.

An unlikely evening.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Unlikely.

One winter evening I went down to the Lake Huron shoreline for the sunset. The lake was covered with frazil ice and there was some nice layered clouds over Chantry Island. I positioned the tripod on the shoreline so that the sun would set to the right of the Lighthouse on Chantry Island.

Shortly after the sun had dropped below the horizon it illuminated the clouds nicely.

Chantry Island at sunset.

I learned long ago not to put the camera away until the last light has gone from the sky and this evening justified the rule. Shortly after the above photo was taken the largest and most spectacular sun pillar I had ever seen appeared behind the island. It made me think of a special effect in a science fiction movie.

A giant sun pillar.

A hint of spring.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is A Hint of Spring.

I thought I would use one photo from the UK and one from Canada.

In Cheshire, England a pair of Great Crested Grebe performing their courtship display by waving weed at each other.

Great Crested Grebes displaying, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England

In Ontario, Canada a male Common Merganser swims amongst ice on a thawing Lake Huron.

Male Common Merganser, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada