Alien Ice on the Big Lake


Ice formations created by wave action forms on the breakwater basalt near Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Winter creates the most interesting and alien landscapes. The colors are so bright and the crisp air makes everything so clear. The sun rises and sets over Lake Superior, and Lake Superior tends to remain mostly open all winter long. When Feb. rolls around sheets of ice form on the big lake and the winds cause them to break up and wash into the shore one day and disappear the next. There’s not a better place nor time for photography.

I got this shot last night near Lighthouse Point. The ice is formed in a two step process. First, a sheet freezes as waves recedes. It’s usually very smooth. Then the waves come up again and the water cuts into the smooth ice creating patterns and ice channels. I choose a composition that looks chaotic, but the channels were very linear.

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