Last week at this time we were in the middle of a highly unusual warm wave with a few days of temperatures in the low 70s here in New Hampshire’s mountains.  But alas, we all knew it would be short -lived and the reality of a lingering winter is back this week.  However, pictures can be deceiving.  Last week with the warm temperatures Lake Chocorua still had ice cover.  This week, with temperatures in the low 20s and gusty winds, the lake looks ready for swimming.

Take a closer look…  notice the ice that has formed on the branches of the tree in the bottom left of this picture – the result of the wind splashing the icy water on the shore.  Once again, I am amazed by the different look of this great scene.  Often the lake is so calm it is a giant mirror, today with the wind it looks like the open ocean.

Below see the icicles that formed on the bridge that crosses over Lake Chocorua (at the foot of the glorious Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, NH.