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 sheets of ice form on the lake’s surface after days of sub-freezing temperatures. Strong winds crack the ice and break it into car-sized 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. March 13, 2007