Every year on inland lakes and ponds in Michigan, hardy souls walk out onto the ice, auger holes into it, and drop fishing lines, hoping to catch enough pan fish to feed their families dinner. Just as many go out onto the ice for fresh air and the comraderie of kindred spirits.
In years gone by, the small ice shanties were made of wood and put on skis, then towed out. These days they are made of nylon, plastic, and aluminum, which are much easier to move. The shanties are placed far enough from shore to where there is water underneath the ice but not so far out that there is danger of breaking through and sinking into the numbing murk. That said, tradition continues where rescue personnel are dispatched to save one or more fishermen each season.
winter blue ceiling —
under snow frothed ice brulee
perch nibble limp worms
photo taken today while out and about
Frank J. Tassone is today’s host of dVerse’ Haibun Monday. Frank says:
write a haibun about winter.
Update on 2/5/2022. Out on errands again (will they ever cease!?) I had an opportunity to get a video of all of the fish shanties out on a nearby lake AND a person on a snowmobile. Why the person chose to go out towards middle where there was nobody else is a mystery, but I got more than a little nervous watching him.