Lake Michigan (USA) is known as one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the world. One of its attractions are beacons, which in winter are transformed into real architectural masterpieces. Severe wind and low temperatures “transform” them: they are covered with “clusters” of icicles. Beacons resemble giant marble sculptures.
Icy Lake Michigan lighthouses on the photographs of Tom Gill
The beauty of winter coastal scenery was captured by photographer Tom Gill. This nature lover took several years to gather an impressive collection of pictures. Gill’s “blue-eyed boy” is a 35-foot lighthouse of St. Joseph, built back in 1844. During winter storms, when the temperature reaches 20 degrees below zero, and the waves with the height of 6 meters crash on the pier, the tower “acquires” a thick layer of ice. To get to the lighthouse in this weather, Tom Gill has to overcome a difficult and dangerous journey, but the result is worth all the efforts.
The fates of lighthouses, as well as people, are unique. Leaders of Michigan Lake annually suffer from icing, but their “colleague” from Denmark, Ruberg Knud lighthouse, is dying under the pressure of hot sand. Year after year it is leaving deeper underground.
Of course, the amazing beacons must be protected because of their high mission – to indicate the right path to ships, saving them in a storm and bad weather. This is worthy respect.