The deep blue waters of Lake Michigan, drift ice, shelf ice, sand, and snow create interesting bands of color and texture along the beach. A relatively warm day allowed some of the ice on the lake to melt, a sure sign of Spring. The snow will disappear soon as well, but the 15 foot tall mounds of shelf ice can take weeks to melt.
As much as I dislike cold weather, winter is a magical time on the Great Lakes. After hiking miles to reach locations for photographs, I often remain, soaking in the atmosphere - quiet solitude. I'm almost always the only person in sight, and from some vantage points, I can see for miles.
Once summer arrives, I'm rarely the only person in sight - unless I seek some of the relatively unknown places at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which I often do.
Posted by Tom Gill at Sunday, March 16, 2014