Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle (HD Video)

Here is the video I took yesterday of the Cleveland West Harbor Lighthouse that was covered in ice from high waves and frigid weather. You can find some of my still photos here: ”Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle”.

This footage was taken from the Edgewater Park vantage point. Sorry for the slightly shaky camera – it was cold and windy and I forgot my tripod!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Cleveland Lighthouse Becomes an Ice Castle

It made national and international news - the Cleveland Harbor West Lighthouse, on the bank of the Cuyahoga River as it enters Lake Erie, was covered with a thick coating of ice. (I wrote about it in my Cleveland blog here: ”Cleveland Lighthouse Encased in Ice”.) The windy weather, plus the frigid temperatures, kicked up icy waves which splashed – and then froze – on the lighthouse. We had to go see it for ourselves, so we took a drive down to Wendy Park (located on Whiskey Island just west of downtown Cleveland), with all the camera gear in tow. The lighthouse was a spectacular sight. The nearby the Old US Coast Guard Station (photo also below) seemed untouched by the waves. We also stopped at Edgewater Park immediately west of Whiskey Island to check out the odd ice formations there made by splashing water. Some photos are below; I also included one of my photos of the lighthouse that I took last May, just for comparison. (Click on any image for a larger view.)

The lighthouse - in warm weather:

Here is the same lighthouse today:

(Nearby old Coast Guard station)

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