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Easy PassageWay Too Easy
Photograph by Jay Dickman

The icebreaker Bristol Bay conducts reconnaissance near the west end of Lake Erie. Because of its relatively shallow depth, Lake Erie is the only Great Lake that may freeze solid, shore to shore, by mid-February of an average year. Normally, a freighter tailing an icebreaker must follow directly behind it or risk a rapid refreezing of the opened passage. Not now. Due to a pattern of warm, dry weather, Erie and the other Great Lakes recently hit their lowest aggregate level in more than 30 years and refreezing has not been occurring.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 17-35mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Midafternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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