3d pan white

New Day on Lake St. Clair

For days, I had wanted to catch the ice blowing over from Canada to the Michigan shoreline. When I saw that the expected high temperature was 65 degrees, I knew that this was my last chance; I took the day off work, packed my photo gear and set my alarm for 4:00am.

The ice starts as a sheet on the lake's surface, forming with days of sub-freezing temperatures. Strong winds crack the ice and break it into large floating pieces. Then the winds push the ice until it hits something to stop it... in this case, the Grosse Point Farms shoreline. Some of the ice floes in the foreground of this photograph were standing 15 feet up in the air. What you see is a mostly-frozen lake. As the sun's first rays hit the ice and I clicked away, the ice started making deafening cracking noises and "glass shattering" noises. I spent almost six hours behind the lens that morning for the exact shot I wanted.

13,726 views
98 faves
57 comments
Taken on March 13, 2007