Ice Stacking

Minnesota-based photographer Dawn LaPointe captured the strange ‘ice stacking’ phenomena at Lake Superior, in which large sheets of thin ice are broken into shards as they hit the shoreline. “While 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 sheets of ice met the rugged shorelines, so I headed to Brighton Beach. The big lake did not disappoint! The seemingly endless ice sheets broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass,” said LaPointe. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“The sights and sounds were incredible! As the water became exposed, 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. I am in awe and mezmerised by ice stacking (and waves). [I] spent hours immersed in the sights and sounds of one of my favorite winter occurrences, despite the sub-zero temps and frigid breeze,” adds LaPointe.