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Stalactites, Stalagmites, & Columns?

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is probably one of my top two favorite photos that I captured along the shoreline of Illinois Beach State Park. What intrigues me is the symmetry that is seen in such a free-form creation. There is nothing underneath all this sand and ice. The straight angles along the top and the icicles make an interesting find.

This was probably also one of the largest formations on the beach. While stalactites, stalagmites, and columns are found in limestone caves, all three (pseudo-types) can be seen in this ice and sand formation. The icicles remain white until they reach the ground and become a "column", at which point the columns seem to bring sand up from the surface, creating the mixed brown and white colors.

The three "mounds" of sand in the lower left seem out of place here.

Photo captured January 10, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/8.0 ISO 100 45 mm

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is amazing! It has got to be very cold for this to happen! Wonderful image and explanation!

27 Jan 2010 5:19am

Céline from New York City, United States

Very beautiful detail of this amazing landscape !

27 Jan 2010 6:07am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Its just amazing to look at

27 Jan 2010 6:18am

LM from Aix en Provence, France

very nice shot , well done

27 Jan 2010 8:24am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Love the details here.. AMAZING.

27 Jan 2010 9:13am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Really amazing; dripstone cave in time lapse mode.

27 Jan 2010 10:48am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I really enjoy this series. Thank you for braving the cold and wind to capture and post it.

27 Jan 2010 12:50pm

Ken from United States

Steven! Bravo!

27 Jan 2010 12:54pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

This entire series if fascinating. The textures are incredible. Growing up on the shores of one of the Great Lakes (in Michigan) I've never seen anything like this.
One of the most interesting series I've seen here on AM3.

27 Jan 2010 2:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice composition. Fine tones.

27 Jan 2010 5:17pm

Raul from Elmhurst, United States

This is a very interesting ice formation.. I had never seen anything like it... Thanks for sharing! Excellent photographs!

27 Jan 2010 7:44pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great image . Great series !

27 Jan 2010 7:56pm

Robert from Los Angeles, United States

Don't mess with nature! :-D

27 Jan 2010 8:32pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wow Steve they really are some sight to see.

27 Jan 2010 9:57pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

This is simply amazing - well seen and well captured!!!

27 Jan 2010 11:04pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

A table cloth hanging from a large table.

28 Jan 2010 1:39am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is really beautiful. This phenomenon is a great find.

28 Jan 2010 3:52am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice image and intersting formation.

28 Jan 2010 11:32pm