Frigid waves of ice and sand

St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouse

Few beachwalkers leave prints in the icy sand this season, but steady westerlies sculpt mountains of accumulated lake ice into frigid, static waves on the Lake Michigan shore just west of the Bluecircle.  South of St. Joseph the ice shelf is narrow, but to the north it stretches to the horizon.  The wind has stacked the shelf ice, then partnered with February sun, a transient thaw and blowing sand to create a unique landscape at the foot of the dunes.  Most years this scene soon would be melted, but current forcasts for at least another week of subnormal temperatures mean it will persist and evolve.




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