Lake Superior's winter beauty captured by photographers, captivates the country


St. Paul may be getting ready for Crashed Ice, but Duluth offered a display of stacked ice over the weekend.

Sheets of ice driven by the wind pushed against the shoreline at Brighton Beach, where photographer Dawn LaPointe filmed the images for a couple of hours, she says on Facebook, then condensed them into a two minute video that she says was viewed a million times in three days.

Only about 20 percent of Lake Superior has been ice covered this winter, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And LaPointe told the Michigan news outlet MLive: "This is the first good sheet of ice I've seen on the lake this year, at this end."

LaPointe and her husband Gary Fiedler are the owners of Radiant Spirit Gallery.

Last year one of LaPointe's photos taken in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area was a finalist in the Smithsonian's annual photo contest.^tfw

But on Wednesday it was another Duluth photographer, Tim Mlodozyniec, who was featured by one of the country's most respected providers of nature photography.

National Geographic highlighted one of his photos among its Daily Dozen.

The January photo shows Duluth's aerial lift bridge with a wall of sea smoke behind it and the lakefront ice rink used for Hockey Day Minnesota in the foreground.

Find more of his photos of the Northland on his Facebook page.

On Wednesday night, Mlodozyniec's photo had garnered the second most votes in the popularity contest among National Geographic's Daily Dozen.

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