(WJBK) - A photographer in Minnesota caught some great footage of some ice stacking on Lake Superior.
The photographer says she was taking some pictures at Canal Park, which is in Duluth, when she noticed the ice had pulled away from the shore. Then, she felt the breeze on her back and knew she was in for a treat.
Lake Superior Ice Stacking
Lake Superior put on a dramatic show with her new ice today in Duluth, Minnesota! To view the full version in HD, visit: https://youtu.be/HqTEac8XFQoWhile shooting in Canal Park, I noticed the ice had pulled away from shore and felt the breeze at my back. I anticipated there would be some ice stacking as the massive sheet of ice met the shorelines, so I headed to Brighton Beach. The big lake did not disappoint! As the water opened up, the sea smoke was whisked across the surface by the breeze. The sparkles visible in some segments were from the sun gilding the frost flowers that had formed on top of the new ice overnight -- icing on the cake! (Turn up your volume to hear the plates of ice stacking.) I am at awe and mesmerized by ice stacking (and waves), and spent hours immersed in the sights and sounds of one of my favorite winter occurrences (despite the subzero temps and frigid breeze). I hope you enjoy this glimpse into an incredible experience along the shores of Gitche Gumee! ~~DawnFour hours of 12-15 mph steady winds from the SW led up to the movement of the large sheets of ice on Lake Superior. The conditions during the two hours of filming ranged from -8°F to +3°F air temp (-20°F to -8°F windchill) with winds 5-10 mph from the SW. [For our friends using the metric system: Celsius: - 22c to -29c; wind speed from: 19-24 km]As the massive sheets of ice met the rocky shorelines, they broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass. The ice thickness being stacked on shore ranged from about 1/4" thick to about 3" thick [.5cm - 7.5cm]. The sights and sounds were incredible! (Weather data courtesy of the National Weather Service in Duluth)Thank you for continuing to follow and support our photography. We look forward to sharing more inspirations from nature with you! See more at www.RadiantSpiritGallery.com.Video footage © Dawn M. LaPointe. All rights reserved. (Contact us for licensing details - HD quality.)Posted by Radiant Spirit Gallery on Saturday, February 13, 2016
The photographer, Dawn M. LaPointe, shared the video she took on Facebook. Nearly two million people have watched the video since it was posted February 13.
The video shows a few different views of the ice stacking, and you can even hear the edges crashing into each other if you turn up the volume enough. Dawn wrote that the sound reminded her of the sound of glass breaking.
Ice stacking happens when steady wind blows sheets of ice towards the shore, and the edges of the sheets crash together. Dawn wrote on her Facebook post that "four hours of 12-15 mph steady winds from the SW led up to the movement of the large sheets of ice on Lake Superior." She says she stayed out there for hours watching, despite the subzero temperatures.
Click here to watch if you cannot see the video player above. You can read more on that post about Dawn's experience filming the phenomenon, too.