On Tenaya Lake


The vanity never stops. This is me out on Tenaya Lake in Yosemite the week before last. My nephew Max snapped the picture and titled it “The Ice Whisperer.” What I was after was the sound–a lot like the sound of whale calls–emanating from the lake as the ice expanded and reacted to the strollers and skaters on the surface. You can get a vague idea of the sound, in between passages of me crunching around on the ice, from the audio clip below. Note: I was the only one in shorts out there, prompting one person to say, “I hate you. But thank you, because I think that’s going to make it snow.” The lake is under a couple of feet of snow right now after a series of storms that started last Thursday.

Tenayalake.mp3 by Dan Brekke

One Reply to “On Tenaya Lake”

  1. Our lake sings as well (Sandy Lake, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia) – whale-like sounds – more high pitched then the ones you recorded. They are not associated with activity on the ice surface. It is something we look forward to each year.

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