Three trees on Clear Lake in LaPorte, Indiana. What's interesting is that these trees are actually in the water (you just can't tell in winter). Not sure what type of trees they are - they remind me of cypress trees.

There are a few cypress trees in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore- holdouts from long ago that found a perfect micro environment in the dune wetlands.

Sand, Water, Ice and Sky

The mouth on Kintzele Ditch in Winter. The stream flows under the 10 - 15 foot tall shelf ice into Lake Michigan. Even with all the ice, the path of this stream changes daily.

Mike by Frozen Lake Michigan

Mike stands on shore next to shelf ice that reached 15 feet tall in some places. It extends hundreds of feet into the lake and all along the shore. Looks like he visited the arctic last weekend.

Creating a New Landscape

Unseen waves pound the edge of the shelf ice, spraying water 30 or 40 feet into the air - to further build the ice shelf. At times, there were 5 to 10 separate sprays of water in sight along the shore. It was an eerie afternoon, as we were the only humans around for miles, and the sounds of the waves were muted by the ice and snow. It was almost surreal to walk along the beach.

Shelf Ice along the Dunes

Winter along the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan produces mounds of shelf ice. The mounds here are over 8 feet tall at the shore, and most likely around 15 to 20 feet tall at the water's edge, but I'm not venturing out any further to find out. Here I'm standing on a small mound of shelf ice, but since I know the area, I know that the water beneath the ice is only about one foot deep.

It's very inviting to attempt to walk out over the mounds to the water's edge where the waves pound the ice and send water and chunks of ice 30 feet into the air. While the ice may be 15 feet thick in some places, it may only be 1/2 inch thick a step away. The weight of a small child could break the ice, plunging him to the freezing, churning water 15 feet below, with no chance of climbing up the ice to get out.

The ice is breathtakingly beautiful - especially in person, but it should be observed from the safety of the shore.

Sanctuaries Photo Exhibit


The opening reception of Sanctuaries: A Photography Exhibit was last night, February 4, 2010. The reception was warm and positive; lots of great photographers and guests- 220 people attended the opening reception.

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Just before the reception was over, I captured this panoramic photo of the W. F. Wellman Exhibit Hall, to help convey the size of the space.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello!
The exhibit runs everyday 8 am to 5 pm until March 4, 2010.

Old Farm, New Farm

The future is taking over this old farm, yet still allowing things to continue pretty much as they used to. In rural Indiana, over 120 wind turbines have been erected on this wind farm - with a total of 200 mega watts of power by the time it's complete. It should produce enough energy to supply 60,000 homes with electricity.

Farmers receive money for each turbine installed on their property, and they are still able to utilize all the land around the tower for farming.

Winter View

Lake Michigan was once again freezing over, and the crunching of the pack ice could be heard all the way at the top of the dunes. The low angle of the evening sun highlighted the ice. To get an idea of the scale of things here, the mounds of shelf ice near the shore were over 8 feet tall.

We continued on to the right, climbing up and down the frozen dunes. It's easier in some ways since you don't sink into the sand, but it's more difficult at times because the sand is frozen and very slippery.

The kids and I slid down the dune to the lake shore. You can't bring a sled here, but they just slid down on their backs! I discovered I might really like extreme skiing since I slid down on two feet - and made it down the 90 foot dune without falling.