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.
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