a not quite frozen lake erie... - The Dainty Squid

a not quite frozen lake erie...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

As I've mentioned about a million times before I love visiting the beach in the winter. It's calm, beautiful and we're almost always the only people there. Because of the strange weather we've been having it hasn't had the chance to freeze and create those amazing ice dunes I found last year but that doesn't mean it didn't leave me in awe yet again.

The waves were pretty intense a few days ago, had been splashing up onto the land and spraying this tree. Everything near the ground was originally standing and had been weighed down by the ice. Pictures don't even begin to do this amazing sight justice!
The last two photos are from a different beach than the rest of the photos. I actually got wind burn on my face the day they were taken. It was so windy I was literally having a hard time standing, it was crazy. It's still amazing to me that the weather here can be such polar opposites, I'm really happy to live in Ohio.
xoxo

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  1. Waw, the 2nd pic is really really beautiful. I can't imagine what it was like to actually be there. It must be like being on a different planet :)

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  2. Wow, these photos are amazing. They look like something from the Never Ending Story. Just magical!
    Kelly xo

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  3. Wow, these photographs are amazing. So wondrous! I love them!

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  4. That is absolutely amazing. Florida has beaches, of course, but they never look this awesome.
    As much as I tell myself that I would love to live up north and experience all four seasons, I just don't think I could handle winter :p

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  5. These are beautiful - I wish I had a beach near enough to me to visit in the winter!

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  6. magnificient pictures!! And I like the light actually :-)

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  8. these photos are breathtaking! We had snow on the beach here, but nowhere CLOSE to that (UK weather is never very exciting).

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  9. oh my gosh!! I love this! gorgeous!!

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  10. Really beautiful! I wish I lived near the sea. :/

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  11. These are great! I appreciate our Great Lakes SO very much. I live a block from my beloved lake Michigan and take advantage of it all the time. It's interesting to me how many people that live on The Great Lakes and have never been to them. I recommend, everybody, no matter how far away you live from them to make the trip, it is TOTALLY worth it, I promise (especially northern Michigan).

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  12. Wow! These photos are incredible! I agree with Elegantly Academic - just like something from the Never Ending Story! :)

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  13. It has been SUCH a strange winter. The bay in Erie hasn't frozen and usually it's frozen solid between Presque Isle and the city, and there's ice fisherman all over it! I haven't been out to Presque Isle this winter, but I'd imagine we don't have the ice dunes like we normally do :( Such a strange year!
    - Mandi (www.lifeinbeta.com)

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  14. Beautiful place & beautiful pictures! :)

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  15. I'm across the lake from you! And we're having nearly a heat wave for this time of year. I live about ten minutes from lake erie but i haven't been down to the beach. now i want to.

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  16. Awesome picture! Amazing! I love too the sea in winter!

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  17. This is too funny. My friend and I live in Ohio and were having a discussion last night about where you lived. I said the west coast. Maybe Washington. She said Ohio.

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  18. Wow... Mother Nature is quite the artist! So beautiful, however feeling the chill and need to make some tea.

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  19. Visit one of the Great Lakes in the winter is now on my bucket list. So beautiful!!

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  20. Your pictures are captivating, what a beautiful scene. It looks like something out of a fairytale, like the Ice Queen or Narnia.
    Rachx

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  21. I've never seen snow/ice on the beach, these photos are beautiful!

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  22. beautiful photoshoot *_* in my country we don't have ice and snow, and for me beaches are not like that jeje

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  23. Beautiful! Reminds me of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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  24. I grew up in Erie & now live about an hour southeast of it. I LOVED going to the beaches for this exact same reason. It is so peaceful & so beautiful. Lovely pictures.

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  25. I would've loved spending a day at both beaches taking photos - if it wasn't for the wind!

    It's so clever how the ice has formed on the tree too - nature never fails to surprise and amaze me! xx

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  26. I sat here literally saying, "Whoooaa. Whoa. Whoa." out loud.
    The first three photos are simply magnificent!!

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  27. That is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. That's just one of many reasons why I love living in New England. I love warmer weather but the different seasons are all beautiful in their own right.

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  28. this. is. AMAZING.

    i remember ONCE when i was a little kid, i woke up and all the trees were frozen like this. and we were driving around, and every single branch on every tree everywhere would glitter in the sunshine. like a sparkly, ice-coated wonderland. i always waited for it to happen again, but it never did. i can't even imagine seeing this on a *beach!* it's like a dream.

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  29. These are amazing! Truly.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  30. Waw, these pictures are sooooo beautiful!

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  31. those top photos are INSSAANNNEEE.

    oh. my. god.

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  32. These photos are so beautiful - Like some exquisite winter wonderland or ice queen's palace. Truly magnificent... almost dream-like in the sharpness and quality.
    Absolutley stunning and nice blog. :)

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  33. Those are beautiful pictures! Makes me wish we had winter in Florida!

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  34. Oooooh my goodness! They are so unbelievably awesome!

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    Could you make a tutorial on how you get the hairstyles? Because I love ir!!
    Thanks!!

    Patri.

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  36. these photos are really stunning. i'd kill to see a scene like that up close.

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  37. WOW! Absolutely stunning photos. I've never actually seen snow, so this is so otherworldly to me....gorgeous ♥

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  38. So pretty!! I wish I lived near a beach.

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  39. Whoa, that's awesome! I wish it got that cold where I live, lol.

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  40. oh my goodness, these photos are amazing!
    what an amazing winter wonderland.

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  41. Meet Me in Montauk! :) I'm totally bummed that winter was a bust this year. I even bought snowshoes and couldn't use them! So much for being Canadian.

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  42. WOW. That is really the only word I can think of to describe these!
    Nature is wonderful, isn't it? :)

    www.vivikstyle.blogspot.com

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  43. Oh wow these are gorgeous! I can't even imagine the beaches I live by being like this. Florida beaches will never be this gorgeous
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogpost.com/

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  44. Wow. If you hadn't said I wouldn't even have been able to work out how this came about. Nature is just crazy :)

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  45. Amazing impressions! :)
    Like in dreamland...

    Greets

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  46. wow, this looks incredible!! A little like in the netherlands when it gets really really freezing. since the water is quite salty it's rare when the waves actually freeze, but when they do it's beautiful! thanks for sharing :)

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  47. You are so, so lucky. I can't even imagine what it's like to visit a beach with actual snow, and ice!!! Actually one of the things on my bucket list is to visit a beach where there is snow (kind of like the one in eternal sunshine of the spotless mind) ahh someday. I wonder if there are many places in the USA that get snowy beaches, or just a select area (do you live near where that movie was made? ) eek sorry for the long reply.
    xx

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  48. Wow Kaylah, these are absolutely incredible! Just magical.

    Katie x

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  49. These are so otherworldly in the most amazing way! I want to shoot a video there (if I could brave the windburn) ;)

    xo
    cortnie

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  50. So beautiful! I can't wait to see snow for the first time!

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  51. So beautiful! I can't wait to see snow for the first time!

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  52. These pictures are stunning!

    http://www.owlloveu.blogspot.com

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  53. I love the way frozen trees and branches look! great pics!

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  54. Beautiful! I love the beach so much, and these picture capture the beauty of that "other" season.

    Thank you.

    I enjoy your blog!

    www.mylifewithseashells.blogspot.com

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  55. These pictures are so beautiful. I've never seen a frozen beach before. Amazing!
    xx
    http://junebiswas.blogspot.com

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  56. That looks so creepy and eerie! I love it!

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.blogspot.com

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  57. Hi Kaylah, I found your post from a link on my daughter's blog here.
    http://thosecrazyschuberts.com/2012/02/etcetera-148.html

    I love your photos! I was trying to find on your blog where you live in Ohio. I grew up in a little town about 30 miles west of Cleveland. Here's a photo that I posted from around there a few years ago. I loved growing up about 100 yards from the Lake. Now I live in the Arizona desert and am learning to love things about it here, but always miss the change of seasons and all the water. I didn't appreciate all the beauty as much until I didn't have it.
    http://nanhann.wordpress.com/2007/03/19/snow-on-lake-erie/

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  58. Wow! This is really incredible. So great that you were there to document this!

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  59. Finally I find someone who loves go to beach in the winter and for the same reasons as I do :D

    As I like to walk my dog, Prince, in the winter is the best. He can run as long as he can. I can spend a lot of time in the little puddles when the tide is empty. But this photos make me wish to go there in the winter. Here in Portugal is just more cold and rainny. No snow.

    Kisses

    ( the old sleeping with a cat with a new adress www.thedailymiacis..blogspot.com)

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