One lucky photographer was able to capture a rare frozen-lake phenomenon known as ‘ice stacking,’ in which “massive sheets of ice met the rugged shorelines” and create a hypnotic ebb and flow of ice sheets.
Minnesota photographer Dawn LaPointe braved sub-zero temperatures in order to capture the breathtaking event on video.
LaPointe wrote about the experience, saying, “The seemingly endless ice sheets broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass.”
She added that it was captured on February 13 on Brighton Beach in Duluth, and that the temperatures raged anywhere from -8°F and 3°F and the sheets of ice were about 0.25 to three inches thick.
“The sights and sounds were incredible!” she added. “As the water became exposed, the sea smoke was whisked across the surface by the breeze. The sparkles visible in some segments were caused by the sun gilding the frost flowers that had formed on top of the new ice overnight—icing on the cake!”
LaPointe said that she was “mesmerized” by the ice stacking and spent hours “immersed in the sights and sounds” of her favorite winter occurrences (despite the sub-zero temperatures and frigid breeze).
She explained that she filmed for roughly two hours, but edited the footage into a gorgeous two-minute video that already has more than 1.4 million views on Facebook.
Check out the video below:
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