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The Aliens Have Landed

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

My visit to the Illinois Beach State Park revealed that there were visitors lining up and down the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Not certain what they call this process, but there were these alien forms being created by the freezing and thawing waters on the sand.

There is a 12-18" difference in grade from where I am standing here and the top of these alien creations. I had to walk about a half a mile before I got to an area where I felt I could safely walk down to the water without slipping on all the ice-covered creations. Everything you see here is covered in sheets of ice, which is what I believe is causing the layering or piling up of the sand. Icicles formed from these sand creations as can be seen on the right.

Or are those the canine teeth of beached walruses? :-)

Photo taken January 10. 2010.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great image, very interesting

22 Jan 2010 6:28am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful photographic achievement, beautiful light, beautiful, bravo!

22 Jan 2010 10:08am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Etonnantes et belles concrétions ainsi que belle composition

22 Jan 2010 10:35am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice image and intersting place.

22 Jan 2010 11:19am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

this looks awesome, great find!

22 Jan 2010 2:43pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful , bravo ! I really love this compo and great colors !

22 Jan 2010 4:26pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The icicles are fascinating Steve, is this a beach next to salt laden sea water, or fresh water?

22 Jan 2010 4:39pm

@Curly: This is on Lake Michigan, one of the country's "Great Lakes", which makes up the world's largest freshwater reservoir. At least that's what I've been told. :-)

Céline from New York City, United States

Very nice image !

22 Jan 2010 5:01pm

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands


22 Jan 2010 6:00pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

It looks like "The Blob Unleashed." Amazing!

22 Jan 2010 7:10pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wow, quite a spectacle of nature! Looks like a flowstone cave coming above ground. Amazing!

22 Jan 2010 7:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite capture.

22 Jan 2010 7:52pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Ice stalactites? They look like long alien teeth to me.

22 Jan 2010 8:05pm

@Self-Indulgence: You took the words right out of my mouth! I took some other photos that you'll see and it was exactly what I said to myself. What was most amazing was that I actually knew the word. :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

They're everywhere! Run for your life!

23 Jan 2010 1:43am

Michael from Shell Village, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot, and a super title, they are indeed ALiens, I saw this life form last time I was on Mars :0

23 Jan 2010 9:44pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow, I have seen quite a bit of the Great Lakes Basin's coastlines during ever season, but I have never seen anything like this, this is just weird!

24 Jan 2010 2:03pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

absolutely incredible! it definitely looks alien and strange

25 Jan 2010 5:07am

Barbara from Florida, United States

This is incredible. The sand and ice formations have created interesting textures, and monsters.

27 Jan 2010 2:37pm

Gibritte from France

a very beautiful place

29 Jan 2010 9:34am