On a recent and rare sunny day in west Michigan I took to the Lake Michigan shore suspecting that the conditions were right for getting photos of ice built up on the Lighthouses of Saint Joseph and South Haven. A December thaw, that had kept the lake’s surface from freezing, was followed in January by a week of bitter cold temperatures and strong winds. Both the Saint Joseph and South Haven lighthouses are far out on their piers and in such conditions dramatic ice formations build up on the lighthouses and the catwalks that lead to them. The ice is most beautiful when it is fresh, since it tends to melt quickly during the frequent winter thaws we have in southwest Michigan. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that day.
While in South Haven I shared the pier for some time with photographer Jodi Byers. She was kind enough to snap and share a photo of me at work. Walking on the ice covered piers can be hazardous, but if you look closely you may be able to see that I’ve strapped a pair of 6 point crampons onto my boots to give me dependable purchase. I wouldn’t walk on the ice with them!