Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wisconsin Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex in Wisconsin

 Brutal cold, -20 °C,  clear skies, lake effect mist. A glorious outpouring of light as the sun topped the wall of clouds at the horizon. Too bright to even see my camera. All I could do was press the shutter and hope the settings were all dialed in correctly.

  


 Brutal. The weather was brutal. -20 °C. If you have never been in the cold like this, it might be hard to understand. My fingers and toes hurt. I've been in colder weather, but it was still not fun. What looks like small rocks in the water is ice, surging in the waves.

But it is earthly beautiful.  The light and color and pattern and tone keep changing. At the horizon a wall of clouds seems like a range of mountains.The mist coming off of the lake, caused by the lake effect, rises and dissipates continually.
Then the sun became strong,  its radiance too strong to photograph.



  


Wisconsin Winter Sunrise 4: The temperature dropped again, to -22 °C  , a bit colder than last time, but I went back to watch another sunrise. on the Lake Michigan shore. Every day the light is different. But still,  again the freezing fog, the blare of sun, the rolling waves of shattered ice.  And new, mist in brown grass, skeleton trees, suspended splash. (although shit, my tripod broke. The plastic shattered in the cold)



Beautiful strange clouds.


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