Here is yesteday's photo of our east pond. As you can see, it is small and iced. Last year the pond was dry for the first half of the winter. This December it is at spring levels with water over the base of some of the willows.
Here is today's photo of the Hamilton Harbour with the city, escarpment and setting sun in the background. The harbour is deep and unfrozen for now. It often freezes during the winter and ice boats may be seen skating across it. The city of Hamilton is built both below and on the Niagara escarpment beyond the harbour. The escarpment runs from Niagara to Tobermory and ranges between 60 to 120 m (200 to 400 feet) in height. In Hamilton the escarpment is about 100 m (300 ft.) high. It looks more like a cloud bank in this photo. The Hamilton harbour is a port for both the Great Lakes and ocean ships that come up the St.Lawrence River from the Atlantic.