Part of my annual "First day of Christmas Vacation" trip to Lake Michigan includes a stop at South Haven, Michigan. Generally with hopes of seeing ice on the vivid red lighthouse, but also to visit the small downtown shops for last minute Christmas gifts.
No matter the weather, the pier at South Haven always attracts visitors, and this day was no exception. When I arrived, there were several people wandering around the nearest parking lot and the beach. They jumped out of their cars to snap a picture, then hopped back in and drove away. I decided to wander out to the lighthouse (wearing ice cleats) to view the windward side where most of the ice builds up. The deep red lighthouse was covered in white ice, making the lighthouse look like the outer light at St. Joseph instead of South Haven.
The shelf ice was beginning to build along the beach, and in spots, there were some rather large chunks of ice that took on the look of icebergs. The shore took on the look of the arctic as the sun began to get lower in the sky.
Posted by Tom Gill at Friday, December 23, 2016