Heart-Shaped Opening of a Lake Michigan Ice Cave

February 12, 2016


Photographer: Greg Raniszewski
Summary Authors: Greg Raniszewski; Jim Foster

This cold but true blue heart was photographed from the inside of one of the ice caves near Grand Island, Michigan. The cleverly composed opening is outlined by the cave's sculpted (by melting) ceiling and is fringed by altocumulus clouds. Ice caves form when lake water, in this case Lake Michigan, freezes over. Big waves breaking ashore and a long cold spell are the primary ingredients for ice cave formation. Photo taken in February 2014.


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