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2006: Sugary shoreline    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Tom Cook
2016: Parker on the shore    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Barbara Bouwkamp
2017: Icy shore    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Joy Ziemnick
2018: Rough snowshoe on the shoreline    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Joy Ziemnick
2018: Icy Stalactites    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Joy Ziemnick
Lake Superior ice cave    ...click to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 08:12 am:

We hope you've been enjoying the past months of looking back at photos that have been shared before and now reside in our archives. It's always neat to look at the photos for the day and find a theme, like today, it's "shoreline snow and ice". Back in 2006 we had a photo taken by Tom Cook of a calm Lake Superior shoreline with some sugary-looking snow covering the rocks. Looks like this may have been one of the milder winters here UP North.

Jumping ahead ten years, to 2016, Barbara Bouwkamp captured a shot of Parker on the beach at Big Traverse. Interesting here again, that there isn't much ice along Superior's shore that year and even more intriguing is the way the sandy ice formed what looks like a frozen wave flowing back into the Big Lake.

Just one year ago in 2017, the Lake Superior shoreline at Cedar Bay was a different story. Joy Ziemnick was out there exploring on what looks like a snowy, gray day and snapped a photo of the ice looking like it could be another planet, with maybe some kind of Lakeness monster coming UP out of the ice.

So, Joy Ziemnick was at it again this weekend, along the western Keweenaw shoreline, only this time the sun was shining brightly. Lake Superior has already been busy coating everything with icy bumps, lumps and what looks like tentacles. That's her hubby, Jim, carrying his snowshoes because once they got on the lake it was easier to just walk without them. The second of Joy's two recent photos is a shot of the stalactites they found when they discovered a snow cave along the shore. Nature is absolutely amazing!

Today's video wasn't taken on Joy's excursion, but is what I am imagining the snow cave they found was like. This one was also on Superior's shore, but in the Hiawatha National Forest area of the Big Lake, recorded by John McCormick. Let's explore!

By john mich (Johnofmi) on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 04:52 pm:

Hey! Where is everybody?!?!
Nice photos but I'd be afraid of walking into those ice caves. Might collapse at any time.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 10:16 pm:

I'm with you John. Very beautiful but it would seem that beach wave action underneath the ice could make for potentially thin areas as well falling cave areas.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 05:55 am:

N-Ice pix and video. For me, thing are ramping up at work...it's that time of year again. (dare I say the T word?)

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