Saturday, January 11, 2014

Beach balls

What we have here are large ice boulders, some weighing as much as 75 lbs (34 kg), that form periodically on Lake Michigan. U.S. Park Ranger Amie Lipscomb explains that when large sheets of ice break into smaller chunks, the waves tumble them, rounding and smoothing their edges. At the same time, new layers of ice are added, resulting in the striking beach ball-sized ice formations in the image above, lapping up on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Suttons Bay photographer Ken Scott braved wind gusts and temperatures in the negative digits last week to capture the phenomenon on video (WATCH IT HERE). The strange scenery tends to go hand-in-hand with some of the biggest winter storms. Scott remarks, "That's when some of the best shows are."

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