Lake Michigan Ice

March 21, 2012

Lake Michigan Ice

Photographer: Kelly Ricks
Summary Author: Kelly Ricks

The photo above showing an expansive ice field on Lake Michigan was taken from the Northwestern University Campus in Evanston, Illinois. I think that these interesting formations look a little like flying saucers. In early February, the nearshore lake was mostly unfrozen, but populated by a few stray pancakes. Overnight frigid temperatures solidified the lake's surface and trapped some of these pancakes. Snow flurries also dusted the lake's frozen surface and gave the area around the trapped pancakes a kind of matte appearance. Perhaps the shiny areas result from melting of the snow coating the cakes and then refreezing. Photo taken just before sunrise on February 8, 2011.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON COOLPIX L1; Focal Length: 9.5mm (35mm equivalent: 58mm); Aperture: f/3.3; Exposure Time: 0.059 s (1/17); ISO equiv: 50.