Refraction: the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc., being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density.
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The pier at Algoma was coated with Lake Michigan ice. The red ladder is a safety measure, giving anyone who were to fall off the pier, into the water, a way to climb out. The water of the harbor wasn’t visible, due to the ice buildup.
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To me, this image portrays the beauty, and often harsh, reality of Wisconsin winters. I found these icicles hanging off the roof of our front porch. As you can see from the out of focus icicles in the background, they weren’t the longest specimens that day.
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The morning was cold. The sun was rising…and so was a mist from the patches of open water near the lighthouse that stands at the Alogma, Wisconsin harbor.
I posted a color image from this same morning a week ago – Frigid Sunrise Fog.
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It was a mighty cold Sunday morning in Algoma, Wisconsin! The temperature was right around zero. The harbor was mostly frozen.
A mist was rising from the small area of open water in the harbor. Beyond the harbor, the larger body of open water we call Lake Michigan, created a fog bank that picked up the color of the rising sun (peeking from behind the lighthouse).
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I just realized that I had never posted one of my all time favorite and best selling images on this photo blog. It’s been around so long and many have seen it, but it never made it to this site.
This is the very first, high-quality photo I took that made me think maybe I could be a decent photographer. This was taken in late December of 2006, using my old Kodak Easyshare DX7590. It was featured as the “Photo of the Day” on Earthshots.org.
The image, of course, is the lighthouse at Algoma, Wisconsin, just before sunrise.
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A Sunday morning sunrise over Lake Michigan and the tiny harbor of Algoma, WI. I snapped this last Sunday on my way to church. It was one of the coldest mornings of this year’s unusually mild winter.
I normally like to see more clouds in the sky in my sunrise/sunset images, but I thought the light, wispy clouds just behind the lighthouse were a nice change.
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The harbor at Algoma, WI was busy making slush on the morning I snapped this image. There were chunks of ice undulating with minimal wave action. As they moved, ever so slightly, together and apart, the slush in the water created by the cold temperatures was pushed up between the chunks of ice, creating the ridges seen here.
This was taken right at sunrise on a Sunday morning. If you squint, you can see the first hint of the morning sun on the horizon, just to the right of the lighthouse.
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