A blog I read posted a very cool bike ride to the Apostle Islands that got me thinking about ice on the Great Lakes and its impending demise. Lake Ontario doesn’t touch Michigan of course, but here’s Great Lakes Ice for your enjoyment.
Power: Lake Huron
Langell Boys, frozen in the ice on Saginaw Bay. A series of photos from otisourcat showing the efforts to free her from the ice. Ice has long been a power on the Great Lakes that has locked ships in their harbors (or worse) and even come after those on shore.
Silence: Lake Erie
Daryl’s photo of the ice on Lake Erie and demonstrates how winter turns our vibrant lakes to beautiful deserts. See more in his winter slideshow. In addition to quieting the waves, ice can provide an opportunity for animals (and crazy people) to get across to places they wouldn’t normally be able to. While this guy walked to Canada on purpose, these fishermen went on an impromptu ice ride.
Motion: Lake Michigan
Photographer/videographer Ken Scott assembled some timelapse clips of winter from the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The movement of the water creates some amazing formations like ice bergs, ice volcanoes and things that you can’t quite name … and you haven’t really seen a lighthouse until you’ve seen what ice can do to a Great Lakes Light.
Breakup: Lake Superior
Jim Sisko, a photographer from the Absolute Michigan pool, does an amazing job of chronicling the ice on Lake Superior. After looking at these, it’s a little surprising to see in this NOAA satellite image that the hold of winter is even starting to loosen on Lake Superior.
I hope that the fact you can see the Apostle Islands in that satellite photo is justification enough to send you over to check out the sights and sounds from Marlin Ledin’s ride to the Apostle Islands across 150 miles of Lake Superior.