Ice Shards 001
Presently Lake Superior is more than 95% frozen. When a Northeast wind blows across 360 miles of lake all that ice has to go somewhere. On Wednesday the ice started to pile along the North Shore. We were returning from a trip to Duluth when we decided to stop to watch the ice at Stoney Point, which is located just south of Two Harbors.
Ice Shards 002
Onshore winds were moving huge amounts of ice towards Duluth. Piles started to form when the ice collided with the shore at Stoney Point. When the ice shards pile on top of each other the blue green color coming from the dense Lake Superior ice is just amazing. Not only do I love the colors but also enjoy hearing the sounds that emerge when ice starts to break apart and move. Hundreds of shards were being piled one on top of the other.
Ice Shards 003
I don’t think a person could describe the unique sounds that originate when the ice starts to move. It has to be experienced. There were all kinds of shapes and sizes of ice shards with several sticking straight up in the air. I can’t imagine the power it takes to lift hundreds of pounds of ice shards and pile them like cordwood.