The Fury of Lake Michigan

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St. Joseph Michigan Light
St. Joseph, Michigan Lighthouse
Saturday, February 9, 2008

With white-caps as far as the eye could see, Lake Michigan slammed into the outer light of the St. Joseph, Michigan Lighthouse. Ahead of a cold front that brought sub-zero temperatures and 40 to 50 mph winds to the area, these winds were strong enough to create waves high enough to batter the Michigan shoreline.

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St. Joseph Lighthouse Winter
Ice and snow deposited by the high surf
St. Joseph, Michigan

Looking a lot like the aftermath of a snowplow, these 15 foot high piles of ice and snow were created by the wind, the cold and the waves. It's very hard to find the actual shoreline, but if you look close, you can see the piling that outlines the pier.

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the wave that got me
The Wave that Got Me Wet

The waves inside the protected harbor were around5 or 6 feet high, and often crashed over the railing of the pier. In this case, it splashed me up too!


Eddie said...

These are very challenging conditions to take photographs in. Break out the wool hat, gloves, scarf, and plenty of layers.

Thank You.

Brokecompsoul said...

I'm glad the wind blows from west to east or we would see this more on this side of the lake.

Definitely hard conditions to take pictures in