Lake Superior looks like some tippling giant knocked over his martini glass and shook the mess out of his five-mile rug all over the greatest of the Great Lakes.
While you were making Valentine's Day plans, Duluth photographer Dawn LaPoint was venturing out for a frigid and windswept walk along the shores of Lake Superior. At Brighton Beach, she endured temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours of filming.
If that's what it took to get the physical phenomenon LaPoint's video documented, we all ought to salute her. Perhaps with one of those huge martinis.
LaPoint's video from Saturday shows thousands of pieces of ice drifting and piling up around the beach, a common occurrence called "ice stacking." LaPoint, who posted her video to her Radiant Spirit Gallery Facebook, had actually been shooting somewhere else that day, but anticipated conditions on the Lake would translate to some cool scenes at Brighton Beach.
"The big lake did not disappoint!" LaPoint wrote. No kidding.
Her video looks like it was taken on another planet, or at least a very, very different part of our own. Surely no one lives in a place that turns up this scene. Maybe an ice-themed comic book movie villain.
Superior's ice cover is currently around 50 percent, the Duluth News Tribune reports, well below the record 91 percent from last year, and this year's coverage is a lot thinner than the feet-thick sheet that froze last winter.
Thinner ice is a downer for ice fishermen, sure. But it's a boon to those of us who just want to spend a couple minutes getting lost in a mesmerizing video that was — we must stress — filmed on planet earth, in a charming, inhabited city called Duluth, Minnesota.