Ice Ovals in Lake Superior

February 11, 2020

Superior patties

Photographer: Patrick Anway 
Summary Author: Patrick Anway 

The above photos show oval-shaped cakes of ice along the south shore of Lake Superior, the upper peninsula of Michigan. Both were taken off Sand Point, near the town of Munising, Michigan. As the ice piles up along the shoreline, the ice chunks colliding together from wave action causes the edges to become rounded, somewhat raised and a bit chewed up. The pancake-shaped ovals pictured here are about 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter. This entire ice field extended as far as I could see along the shoreline, in both directions. But as the lower image shows, these cakes only extended about 100 ft (30 m) out into the lake. Photos taken on January 29, 2020.

Photo Details: Top – Camera: Sony RX100VA; Exposure: 1/200 sec;  ƒ/5.6; ISO 125; Focal Length: 24mm. Bottom - same except: Exposure: 1/500 sec; Aperture: ƒ/4.5; Focal Length: 70mm; Panoramic mode.