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This Frozen Lighthouse Will Leave You with Chills

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Rachel Solomon
Updated: 14 December 2016
People love snapping photos of crazy weather from the comfort of their homes and sharing them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. But sometimes, taking photos of extreme weather is best left to the professionals, like Tom Gill.
Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

An environmental and landscape photographer, Gill captured surreal photos of a lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, located on Lake Michigan, during last year’s extreme winter. How exactly did the lighthouse become encased in ice? The answer might surprise you…

 

‘The ice formed on the lighthouses is not due to an ice storm, but rather a combination of cold weather, high winds, and high waves,’ Tom tells The Culture Trip. ‘The waves pound the pier, and splash up onto the lighthouse, and in time, the water freezes into dramatic sculptures of ice.’

 

Gill also expects this coming winter to be even harsher than last.

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

‘We’re already experiencing record low temperatures for November, and over the past two days, the winds have exceeded 20 miles per hour, so as I type this, I’m eager to see what formations are being created,’ he wrote us over email.

 

Although he manages to capture stunning photos of extreme winter weather, Gill, ironically, is not a fan of the cold.

 

‘I hate cold weather, but when I venture off to photograph something, I block out the cold, and am able to concentrate on my subject without actually realizing it’s freezing out. It must be mind over matter, but it’s not intentional, it just happens.’

 

Lucky for us we can enjoy chilling effects of Gill’s photos without suffering frostbite ourselves.

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

Frozen Lighthouse Michigan St. Joseph
© Tom Gill

 

 

By Rachel Solomon