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St Joseph Lighthouse encased in Ice on Lake Michigan

Great Ice Balls on Lake Michigan

The very first day of winter 2012 came in with a mighty roar (via "Winter Storm Draco") at the St. Joseph Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan.



My wife and I ventured across the state yesterday to visit a couple of iced-over lighthouses. This is the St. Joseph North Pier Light. It was brutally cold, but as always, so much fun.

I wonder if I can get away with that?


This is an impromptu demonstration of a WWII flame thrower at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport during the "Lest We Forget" event. The field is being burned to make sure that there are no "surprises" (such as ticks!) for the people who will be reenacting a battle that took place in the Vietnam war.


I don't know what the other guy is doing.


Southwest Michigan Regional Airport, Benton Harbor, Michigan.

It's plugged in and open.

Benton Harbor architecture.

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According to NOAA reports, overnight there were 25+ foot waves in the southern section of Lake Michigan. I made an early trip to St. Joseph this morning, and got lucky. I could see snow squalls moving in from the North, but there was enough of a break in the clouds in the East to let some color from the sunrise sneak in. Cue the big wave, and I knew it was going to be a good one.

The lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, covered in ice on January 8, 2014 after the polar vortex weather event. This image is a frame from a timelapse video which can be seen here:

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February 2007, St. Joe, Michigan. Lake Michigan.


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St Joseph Lighthouse encased in Ice on Lake Michigan after a winter storm.

Polaroid 190, Type 667

The St. Joseph Lighthouse is a beautiful pier lighthouse located where the St. Joseph River meets Lake Michigan. Taken on a cold winter's day (Friday January 30, 2015) from Tisconia Park. Lots and lots of ice - I need better grip next time!

I saw the colors, and the wall, and I just had to stop and shoot.

Made the trek across Michigan today with my wife and a friend to visit St. Joseph Lighthouse in Benton Harbor. I just love seeing it encased in ice.

Humans walking on frozen lake Michigan, admiring natures beauty.


St Joseph Lighthouse encased in Ice on Lake Michigan after a winter storm.

I saw the colors, and the wall, and I just had to stop and shoot.

Lake Michigan; Saint Joseph, Michigan. North Pier.


The ice still hangs on for a little longer. This was COLD!! The water was running across the pier and my feet were frozen. The lower 18" of my pants was frozen solid. In fact, this was the first time I had to leave due to conditions - a wind chill around 10F with no gloves. It was torture! Not the frozen hands, but missing many awesome shots with my hands in my coat pockets. Like usual, the Canon DSLRs performed perfectly. I read about way too many people scared to shoot under 40F fearing camera damage. I laugh.

This is how the St. Joseph, MI outer lighthouse really looks after the "Polar Vortex" that put the Midwest into a deep freeze the week of January 5, 2014. The photo was taken Jan 9 at 5:40 P.M.

I saw the colors, and the wall, and I just had to stop and shoot.

Michigan dinosaur on film 2010, Skellville.

20mph winds were blowing the sand and snow along the beach and across the piers yesterday morning.

Saint Joseph, Michigan; February 2010. Lake Michigan.


North pier lighthouses.


© Michael Lavander 2010. No usage without written permission.

The lighthouse in St. Joseph, MI is frozen over again, so Pam and I took an afternoon trip across the state to snap a few pictures.


This is a merge of three images.


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Saint Joseph, Michigan

September 3, 2010


Lake Michigan


Video -


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.

I think this one is my favorite.

Nikon D4 + 24-70mm f/2.8G | Benton Harbor, MI, 4 Aug 2012

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Saint Joseph, Michigan

Lake Michigan

December 17, 2010


The little light mast that was installed in place of the navigation light is sits in Lake Michigan with the navigation light.


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Taken with my cell phone


The St. Joseph Lighthouse takes on what remains of Hurricane Sandy.


Nikon D300 w/70-200mm f/2.8g VR at 200mm

1/800sec. f/5.6 ISO400

Tripod. Rain Cover, and sand blowing up my nose! Wow it was windy! :-)

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