Saturday, February 1, 2014

Wall of Ice

There is so much to see around every corner along the shoreline at the mainland sea caves in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  The caves get most of the attention, but the cliffs are just as impressive.  Here is a photo of one of the smaller cliffs but one that had some of the most interesting ice formations.  The ice was very thick on this cliff and consisted of several different colors.  It was beautiful to admire.  It also had this puddle in front of it that made for some cool reflections.  There was maybe 1 to 2 inches of water on top of the ice here.  I set up the composition then asked Jessica to press the shutter for me after I walked into the shot.  

Throughout the day the ice was settling quite a lot and several times we heard a loud "WHUMP" as a section of ice shifted a little and/or settled.  We never felt the ice move, but it was disconcerting to hear these loud noises.  We heard one such noise while standing in this location.  Even though we knew the ice was quite thick, the sound combined with the water on the ice made us extra jumpy so after grabbing this shot we hightailed it out of there. 

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