The Michigan City East Pierhead is locked in ice - ice that extends as far as the eye can see, and covers over 60 percent of the surface of Lake Michigan. While this ice seems solid, it's made up of chunks of drift ice, pushed by the wind into the shelf ice on shore. Snow and more ice filled in the gaps between the chunks, forming what appears to be a solid slab.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore can be seen on the horizon at the left of the image. Locked in by mounds of ice on one side, and closed parking lot gates on the other, waiting for spring and thousands of visitors. I prefer visiting in winter, when I'm usually the only person in sight, and the views are ever changing.
Posted by Tom Gill at Wednesday, February 12, 2014