Looking more like a scene from the Great Salt Lake, or a volcanic vent, the shore of Lake Michigan is in a thawing state. The mounds of shelf ice a few hundred feet off shore appear like mountains in the distance, while the melting ice at the shore has the look of mineral deposits, with jagged edges leading to cavernous spaces beneath the water.
The melting ice near the shore created some beautiful patterns on the edges; looking rather delicate, it could support my weight. This melting just began, and we only noticed it in a small area of the beach. Each day, will change this "landscape" drastically, until the ice is gone.
As cold as the water was, I felt the need to wade in just to experience the floating ice highlighted by the sun and shadows. Ultimately, I resisted. I do, however, wish to bring along a kayak next time, to paddle in the water next to and between the mounds of ice.
Posted by Tom Gill at Saturday, March 22, 2014