Icy Details

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frozen drapery
Close up of South Haven, Michigan Lighthouse
January 27, 2008

In keeping with the lighthouse series this week, here's a close up of the buildup of ice near the lantern of the lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan. You can easily tell which way the wind was blowing on the day of the freeze.

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South Haven lighthouse windward side
Ice build up on the windward side of the South Haven, Michigan Lighthouse

From the Lake, this lighthouse is not even recognizable. The ice here is over a foot think, in some places almost 5 feet thick. I did not even think of venturing any further around the lighthouse, this was as far as I could get without hitting an icy hill sloped toward Lake Michigan.

It's hard to imagine the stress the ice is putting on the structure of the lighthouse and the breakwater.

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