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Lake Michigan Fury

Saint Joseph, Michigan

September 3, 2010

 

Lake Michigan

 

Video - mlav.com/lighthouse/lakemi090310-1.wmv

 

The wind was coming straight from the west at 36mph. The waves were 8-14 feet and hit the piers head-on and cause giant explosions of water. I stopped on the south pier four blue poles from the end. My entire body was soaked along with a 40D, 20D, 17-40 f/4L and 70-200 f/2.8L. As I started to head back to the shore, three Saint Joseph cop cars appeared with their lights on. The pier was closed after talking with them.

 

I was unable to capture the largest waves hitting the piers since I was trying to protect the lense glass from getting wet. I had nothing dry on me to wipe them! Some of the waves were creating walls of water that were probably 60+ feet tall after hitting the pier. It was SWEET!

 

I saw no one else out there beyond the handrailings, so these should be rare angles of the action.

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Taken on September 3, 2010