In my quest to get to the southern breakwater to capture photos of the morning sunrise, I was wondering where all the "creeking" noise that was heard was coming from. When I got to the breakwater, the answer was right in front of me and captured here. The individual ice "plates" were expanding and rubbing against each other and the breakwater, creating the creeking noise; sometimes quite audible! I think that the white flaky stuff on top of the ice plates must be ice that is getting crushed between the plates as they expand.
When I first spotted these "plates," they reminded me of a world map and its different continents. It's interesting to see how "cloudy" some of these plates are. Is it reflective of the frozen state these plates are in? Do the plates become clearer as they freeze?
Seen in the background are remnants of what was part of Waukegan's early days as an industrial port. The smokestacks belong to Midwest Generation, formerly Commonwealth Edison. To the left are silos for LaFarge Cement and St. Mary's Cement. The LaFarge silos are commonly referred to as the "12-pack."
Photo taken January 10, 2010.
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