Ice Balls On The Shoreline

Who says it’s dreary up on the shores of Lake Michigan?

It’s not uncommon, apparently, for the lake to create large ice balls during the winter.  The ice forms along the shore of the freshwater lake, breaks off, and tumbles back and forth in the waves, growing in size as it does so.  The churning action also knocks off the rough edges of the ice and leaves it looking uncannily like a white, smooth, round beach ball.  It’s a pretty amazing sight — like white mothballs or marbles along the lakefront, or the round ice cubes you sometimes see at fancy cocktail parties.

In Ohio, we typically don’t have much use for Michigan.  But even the most ardent Buckeye must admit that the ice balls of Lake Michigan are pretty cool.