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We were giddy to discover the shockingly beautiful blue ice that first appeared along the shoreline at Bay City State Park in Michigan. I grabbed my camera, warm coat and hiking boots and excitedly headed out. Of course, the shoreline was packed with people but everyone was so excited and we engaged in lots of friendly chatter. It was definitely worth the trip!
We photographed even bluer ice at Mackinaw City in 2018. The ice was shockingly gorgeous!!
Why is the ice blue? Let's look to science: Apparently, it’s all about a lack of air bubbles, and how our eyes perceive the ice, according to a discussion at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where blue ice also can form near their famous ice caves.
“Ice only appears blue when it is sufficiently consolidated so that air bubbles do not interfere with the passage of light,” Apostle Islands staff explained in 2018. “Without the scattering effect of bubbles, light can penetrate ice undisturbed. In ice, the absorption of light at the red end of the spectrum is six times greater than at the blue end. Six feet into the ice, most of the light in the red spectrum can’t be seen. A lack of reflected red wavelengths produces the color blue in the human eye.”
Bay City State Park: 3582 State Park Dr, Bay City, MI 48706
Not only were we enthralled with the incredible blue ice, but we learned how the ice fisherman transported their fish between their mile-out fishing shanties and the shore...4-wheelers and snowmobiles!! It's an incredibly cool process to watch!
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Brave souls! 4 wheelers were the most efficient way to get out to their ice shanties and bring back their fish hauls! . . . . #michigan #puremichigan #puremi #winter #icefishing #icefishingmichigan #onlyinmichigan #thegreatlakesstate #naturalmichigan #lakehuronlove #lakehuron #4wheeler #beautifuldestinations #thingstodoinmichigan #frozenlake
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