I suspect that the salt in Manitou Lake does something to the vibrancy of the colours in the air and water and that is what I have tried to capture in this pastel. It wasn't long after I did this that the ice was gone. Spring is early here by probably 3 weeks and the winter was very unusual. These days the air is filled with smoke from the huge forest fire around Fort McMurray, Alberta, which has now entered Saskatchewan. Global warming and El Nino are wrecking havoc all over the world!