Sep 11, 2013

Lake Michigan’s Famous Frozen Pier and Lighthouse

Lake Michigan Fury

Photograph by TOM GILL
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Located on Lake Michigan is the St. Joseph North Pier (google maps), which features two lighthouses (‘Outer’ and ‘Inner’) that were both built over a century ago.

When the wind picks up during Michigan’s frosty winter months, large waves crash upon the pier and lighthouses, creating beautiful ice formations only nature is capable of.

 

Frigid Waters

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Over the years, environmental and landscape photographer Tom Gill has journeyed to the pier to capture the amazing ice formations. His photographs have been published worldwide and can be seen in his 75+ photo Flickr album entitled Frozen World.

 

Winter in St. Joseph

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The outer lighthouse was first lit in 1906. The cast iron tower stands 35 ft tall (10.6 m) and is topped by a round watch room and 10-sided lantern room. According to Dave Wobser @ lighthouse.boatnerd.com, “the fixed light is exhibited via a Fifth-Order Fresnel lens and two brass reflecting panels. The light is visible for 180 degrees.”

 

Ice Drapery

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The inner lighthouse was first lit in 1907. The steel tower stands 57 ft (17.37 m) tall with a light that is visible over a range of 270 degrees. The lights are connected by an elevated catwalk that extends from the shore to the outer lighthouse. During inclement weather, the catwalk allows light keepers to access the lighthouses. The pier is located on Lake Michigan, on the north breakwater at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in St. Joseph, Michigan, near Tiscornia Park.

 

Ice Beard

Photograph by TOM GILL
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Aftermath of the Winter Storm

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Sources

Photography by Tom Gill on Flickr
Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy: St. Joseph North Pierhead Lights
Boatnerd: St. Joseph North Pier Outer & Inner by By Dave Wobser
Michigan.org: St. Joseph North Pier Outer Lighthouse
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Frozen Sentinel

Photograph by TOM GILL
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Ice on St. Joe Light

Photograph by TOM GILL
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