Polar vortex is an upper-level low pressure area that lies near one of the Earth’s poles. This has kept Lake Michigan frozen for the whole winter. It has caused ice shelves to form in the lake itself while frozen hills were formed from waves crashing over existing ice piles. But with the spring’s arrival, comes the heat as well. The warmer weather has brought an end to the lake’s frozen slumber but with it comes a magical sight. It may have been successful on destroying the ice, but it has created an out of this world imagery along with its destruction that transformed the region into a seemingly work of fantasy.
One look at these pictures may lead you into thinking that this is a work of CGI. But in reality, this is nature’s very own work of art. The moving water underneath all that ice is pushing the sheets to the surface that shattered the ice into these magnificent patterns. People have taken notice of this phenomenon and have wanted to capture it on their respective cameras. But as much as they want to, the US Coast Guard has warned that the ice patterns should only be viewed from a distance because it can still be dangerous and cannot be walked on or able stand upon. US Coast Guard BMC Grant Heffner has stated that: No ice is safe ice especially this time of year, the ice is certainly deteriorating and breaking up!”
The isn’t the first time such beautiful phenomenon has happened to Lake Michigan though, as photographers have been following this site for years already. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the U.S. and Canada. It is the second-biggest of the Great Lakes by volume (1,180 cu mi or 4,900 km3) and the third-largest by surface area (22,404 sq mi or 58,030 km2), after Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
Hopewell Indians are some of the earliest people that lived in this region. In 800 AD, their culture has declined and for the next few hundred years, the area was now known as the home of the Late Woodland Indians. Nowadays, about twelve million people have been living along Lake Michigan’s shores, mainly in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. This has been proven to be a rare sight to behold. The magnificent, magical, and out of this world surreal imagery that resembles Superman’s fortress of solitude is all thanks to Mother Nature herself.