The recent news of the massive snowstorms hitting the Midwest and Northeast made me think of this photo from a year ago.
In early January of 2022, I saw that Michigan was going to get hit with a winter storm — ice, snow, high winds, the whole works. I did what any sane photographer would do — get in the car and head north! Although I like a warm evening with a good sunset, I’m just as happy with a freezing cold wind blowing in my face as I try to steady my camera and take a picture of snow and ice. In fact, the ever-changing winter landscape is a lot of fun to photograph. No two winters are alike, and ice and snow can change a landscape overnight.
As I drove north, the weather continually got worse. By the time I reached South Haven, there were near whiteout conditions and we were only going about 30 miles per hour. I pushed on to Grand Haven, another hour north. As I arrived, the snow slowed down, and I headed to the state park to check out the lighthouse. I was pleased to see a fresh coat of snow, plus some ice on the lighthouse. I decided to check into a hotel, then come back for sunset.
As it got closer to sunset, I decided to drive to the north side of the channel and photograph the lighthouse from there. Arriving on site, I was excited to see lots of snow and no footprints — a photographer’s dream! Unfortunately, it had clouded up and there was no sunset to speak of. As the light dimmed, I found a composition I liked with the lighthouse, a frozen railing, snow, and a tree with some ice in it:
I rather liked how the lights from the catwalk were reflected in the water, and they bounced around a bit on the waves. The railing and paths were covered in ice. I wish there had been more ice on the tree, but I’m not going to get greedy. Did I mention it was cold? It was cold. And windy. But very much worth it.
Currently I’m in New Mexico photographing vintage motels along Route 66. There will be a lot of content coming from this trip.