Every year in Michigan, an amazing spectacle is seen. In photos captured by veteran American photographer, Thomas Zakowski, lighthouses on the Michigan coast as seen in all their glory after being transformed into giant icicles. The structures stand in temperatures that are way below freezing. Zakowski, who is 56, braved freezing temperatures and risked personal safety to capture the breathtaking photographs.
The captured photos from two cities are so spectacular and amazing that you cannot help but appreciate the beauty. The icy formations are caused by water in waves that crash onto them and the pier. The water gets frozen on the structures and the result is the frozen lighthouses. Zakowski says that this phenomenon happens annually and this time it happened after a storm battered the area. One of the photographs is made more interesting since the storm uplifted the anchors of scaffolding that had been left after a paint job on the lighthouse.
The photographer from South Bend, Indiana further says that the lighthouses can remain in their frozen state for more than a month depending on the weather. Every year, Zakowski takes the trip to Michigan to capture the spectacle. This time he found t was a little tricky since the pier too was frozen and walking on it was like walking on an ice rink. His photographs attract a lot of attention but he says he does it just for the fascination he get from the area.
A large part of continental U.S is faced by plunging temperatures brought about by a polar vortex that has seen temperatures go to their recorded lowest in 20 years. More than 140 million Americans are preparing for dangerously cold weather with temperatures expected to drop to -300C and -500C. The levels of snow will also increase and combined with high winds, travelling could turn out to be quite treacherous.