|Seasons of the|
Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast
in Ely, MN
Wintertime In Ely:
Winter closes in right after Thanksgiving. The
lakes go from liquid to sturdy ice within a week. Then the snow
starts: Our usual snow fall is something over 100 inches.
Bill & I usually keep the
lake and woods trails open because we walk daily. Sam-dog
literally turns circles when he sees us putting on our snowshoes.
A major winter joy here are all the birds. We are one of
the best birding spots in the area, particularly if you want to see the
Evening Grossbeaks. When I come down from the house in the early
morning the air is filled with bird song and the Chickadees send out
the call "Grubs on!"
Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness was named by
National Geographic Magazine as one of the 50 "must visit" destinations
in the world.
The BWCAW is a federally protected pristine wilderness with over 1,200
miles of canoe trails.
Springtime In Ely:
The ice is usually out by early May - but it is not terribly
unusual for mid May canoes trips to be held up because the lakes aren't
open yet. As the snow softens cars often slide off roads so we
keep tow ropes handy. Hearing the final hour of ice-out is enchanting:
the candled icesings like fair bells. Spring is a wonderful time
here if a) you are
willing to tolerate mud - we switch from mucklucks and packboots to
knee high rubber barnboots- and b)
love to walk. Because all the grass is beaten down and there are
no leaves to obstruct the view one can see the 'bones' of the land.
The Spring birds start in April, the trees look like easter egg
trees with all their bright mating colors. There is such joy in
finding the first sprig of green, and soon the first blossem.
trees first leaf out the noice is horendous - we are used to the
silence of winter and all those trees make a mighty roar in the spring
|Summertime In Ely:|
Ah green! not to mention warm!
Fall In Ely:
We are blessed with lots of maple trees right on the property here so
it is an incredible sight. Fall is Bill's and my favorite time to
get out on a canoe trip - even if it might snow a bit days are usually
warm. The birds are flocking and their seasonal exchange goes on.