During the small window of time between the early freeze and the thaw a day later, I was able to capture the St. Joseph, Michigan outer range light covered in ice. Check my earlier posts to view the images and read the story about how I was able to gain access to the outer light with the help of a local man.
The sunlight bathes the outer light, while the water and shore are still in shadow. Later in the morning, the sky would clear, then temperatures warmed up, rain fell, and so did the ice.
The spray from the high waves on Lake Michigan not only covered the lighthouse and portions of the catwalk, but also the surrounding bank of the St. Joseph River. The marram grass and walkways were covered in a layer of ice, making walking very difficult.
This close up shows the lantern of the outer light, covered on the windward side by ice, but still partially visible on the leeward side, framed by icy tendrils.
The ice is gone - for now - but winter promises another round of cold air, and the possibility of ice formations is still great.
Posted by Tom Gill at Monday, December 01, 2014