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Sunday in Michigan

March 6th, 2016

In case this winter has you feeling blue, let me share something enchanting. I drove downstate (across the Mackinac) to visit family this weekend and to witness the phenomenon of Michigan’s blue ice that’s drawing spectators from near and far. If you are driving over the Mackinac Bridge on Lake Michigan during the day, you can’t help but notice the ice on the lake is a distinctive color right now: blue.

I couldn’t help but linger on this pale blue ice. The nearly neon chunks are piling up on Lake Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge and beaches and are especially mesmerizing against the muted tones of the snow and winter sky.

While Ice and snow usually appear white, locals say that the unusual color is a common phenomenon in the area when the ice gets dammed up with large sheets of ice crashing crazily against each other along the shores. The ice crystals are coarser and the ice has fewer bubbles, light waves are able to travel deeper into the ice giving it the blue hue.

Blue Ice 1 Blue Ice 2

Fascinating, isn’t it?!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.