Lake Michigan frozen sand images

Joshua Nowicki, 35, captured these striking images of frozen sand formations on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Nowicki, who earned a masters degree in anthropology from Western Michigan University but these days he is working full time on photography, braved blizzard conditions last weekend to capture the shots.

The formations, called “hoodoos, are are  erosional remnants,  frozen water-saturated beach sand areas left after thawed beach sand has been blown away by the wind, explained Dr David Barnes, professor of geosciences at Western Michigan University.

“You can see the bedding layers in the mini-hodoos,” Barnes said. They are a good illustration of how much erosion can occur due to wind on the beach, and the value of beach grasses to hold the sand in place, he said.

To see more of Joshua Nowicki’s work or to order prints, click here.

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