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A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!


A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!

Every so often Mother Nature does something so awe inspiring that you can’t help but be taken aback, stand back and be amazed at the experience.  It could be anything from a glowing sunset on unruffled placid water to those perfectly crafted snowflakes that fall gently and plentifully enough to make you feel like you’re in a personal snow globe.  Sometimes though, the right rare conditions can produce something that can seem other-worldly and that’s precisely what it feels like at the Marblehead Light House State Park in Ohio right now. 

Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes, has guided sailors safely along the rocky shores of Marblehead Peninsula since 1822 and is undoubtedly one of Lake Erie’s best known and most photographed landmarks.  Backed up by the colorful coastal town of Marblehead and surrounded by water on all of its northern sides, this historical landmark is nestled on an absolutely gorgeous spot.  While most visitors tend to flock here in the summer months due to warmer weather and boating opportunities, the unique glacial-looking blue ice that has stacked up along the shores has camera-bearers trickling in a lot earlier this season.  And after parking your car and stepping out onto the wind swept park grounds, you immediately realize what all the fuss has been about.  

A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!

 The brilliant, deep blue ice catches your eye almost instantly and looks as if someone much larger than yourself purposely broke apart a gigantic glacier and created a personal, life sized Lego set.  With children and families lining up for photos in front of the stacked ice, some of the spires look to be as much as 15 feet high.  

 Speaking with some nearby locals you can quickly gather that this phenomenon hasn’t happened for a long time and whether it’s a local or an area visitor, everyone is wearing the same bewildered expression on their face.  One passerby appropriately described the sight as a “blanket that’s been pushed to the end of a bed.”  And even though I like to think it looks like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, essentially he’s right.  The proper winds, ice compression, and cold temperatures have all come perfectly together to create this crumpled up blue ice blanket on the front step of the Marblehead Lighthouse. 

A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!
To be perfectly honest it’s extremely hard to describe through words and pictures alone – and it must be seen in person to be truly experienced.  Sometimes I think we forget just how incredible this planet is and to be reminded through something this immense and unusual, quickly reopens your eyes.  The brilliant shades of blue seem uncountable and multiply with every different angle from which you look.  Contrast this with the lingering white snow, sunlight breaking through the moisture-soaked clouds and all of a sudden you’re on a distant planet on an unfamiliar world.  If it wasn’t for the apexes of Cedar Point’s roller coasters in the distance reminding us that we’re still on planet Earth, you just might forget. 

 For anyone looking to experience this microcosm of Antarctica, hurry because the window of this experience is quite small.  Although there is no real sign that winter is slowing, it is March and warmer weather is on the horizon.  Soon these large, Great Lakes ice cubes will melt and flow right back into liquid form making way for boats like the Miller Ferry to shuffle visitors to the surrounding Lake Erie Islands. 

A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!A Glacier-Like Experience at The Lake Erie Shores & Islands – When The Ice Comes Alive!

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    That is absolutely amazing. I Have never seen anything like that and I am not sure I will other than in pictures like these. Absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Tough Cookie Mommy says

    These photos are breathtaking. I would love the opportunity to see this phenomenon in real life.

  3. amanda ripsam says

    I have seen some of the ice breaking up before in the lake it’s just beautiful looking.

  4. MK says

    What amazing pictures! Helping me to feel cool today as it was so hot here in Los Angeles today!

  5. Janelle says

    This is crazy, yet very beautiful! I’d still be scared.

  6. Allie says

    What an amazing thing, beautiful photographs! I’d love to see this.

  7. Jennifer Williams says

    That is absolutely beautiful, I understand what you mean by seeing it in person though. I have always thought snow and mountains were beautiful from pictures and movies. Now that I live in them, I realize that the pictures were nice but the beauty really shows so much more in person.

  8. Tiffany says

    That is so gorgeous! I have never been to Erie and it is only a few hours from me. I would have loved to see this, though.

  9. Liz Mays says

    OH man, if I was anyone near there, I would totally go and see it. That is truly amazing!

  10. Rachee says

    Whoa! These pictures are quite stunning! What a fantastic view and site to see! I would love to be able to visit in real life!

  11. Jen says

    WOW! absolutely heart-stopping photographs. I’d LOVE to visit this!

  12. Jen says

    is it like this every year or is this a one off do you know?

  13. Pamela says

    Wow, this looks incredible, it must have been amazing!

  14. Angelic says

    These photos are truly amazing! I live in Chicago so I’ve seen my fair share of frozen lakes. This winter Lake Michigan was solid ice! Excellent post <3

  15. Maria says

    I love to travel with my family. This sounds so worthwhile to travel to. The photos are amazing!

  16. Aisha Kristine Chong says

    This is awesome – I’ve never seen anything like this before – wow, thanks for the share.

  17. DD says

    Those are great photos. I have never seen anything like that!

  18. becca says

    wow that is simply gorgeous. Mother nature can be beautiful when she wants.

  19. Grandma Bonnie says

    Your photos are amazing captures. We just made a trip to Marblehead yesterday. I love the view but I am really ready for the ice to melt.

  20. Jocelyn says

    OMG I would absolutely love to go there! How cool is that! Breathtaking!

  21. Veronica says

    That is amazingly beautiful! It looks like nothing I have eve seen before. How amazing is nature?

  22. gingermommy says

    This looks super cold but so amazing! I live near a lake and took the kids down the other day. I was surprised at the formations from the wind and snow on the water (KIm)

  23. Pam says

    This is so cool! What an awesome phenomenon.

  24. Sarah Bailey says

    WOW that is amazing – what an awesome sight I’ve never seen anything like it 🙂 x

  25. Marielle Altenor says

    Truly stunning! I’ve lived in Canada for years and I have yet to to lake Erie.

  26. Pam says

    That is awe inspiring. Would love to see that in person. And to think shortly people will be boating and swimming in that.

  27. Triplezmom says

    That looks so amazing. I would love to see it in real life!

  28. Le-an Lacaba says

    Breathtaking pictures. Wow. Now I wish that it snowed here so I could see that view!

  29. Toni says

    That is gorgeous. I am not a fan of cold, but i might be long enough to snap photos like that!

  30. Rosey says

    Hey, I’ve been there. 🙂 If I was close enough to go now, I totally would. You’re right that’s amazing.

  31. DD says

    I would love to see a light house in person, never have!

  32. BusyBee says

    Wow, these photos are beautiful. I had no idea that this happened.

  33. Annie says

    That looks absolutely beautiful & amazing all at once! That ice looks so cool 😀

  34. Joan Bryden says

    So lucky to live here, Put-in-Bay is always beautiful anytime of the year! Marblehead Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful in the country as well!

  35. tina thornton says

    I love all of the out pics so pretty and peaceful. very nice

  36. Dawn says

    You took some beautiful pictures. My family and I went this past weekend and it is all ready shrinking. You captured the colors perfectly. Again in person is so much better. I have lived by this area all my life and have never seen this happen before.

  37. Shiny says

    Oh I do love me a freezing cold holiday!

  38. Janelle says

    This place seems magical. I would love to see this.

  39. Allie says

    I love lighthouse’s — it adds to the eeriness of the images.

  40. Erin says

    Such beautiful pictures, I have never seen anything like it!

  41. DD says

    Those are all very nice photos. So hard to believe this is real though!

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