Most years, Lake Michigan wave action piles ice and snow into mounds twenty feet high shown above. In order to see the lake you have to stand on the bluff behind the photo above or climb up the mounds without falling in. Danger lurks around the edges where people can and have fallen through.
It’s now January 2013 and this is the second consecutive season that the sand is left bare from winter’s layers of frost. Normally, looking beyond the horizon view of Lake Michigan is a frozen tundra of stillness. Not this year. Compare the photo above taken in winter 2010 from the two photos below taken winter 2013.
Below are several interesting samples of coral fossils I found on the Oval Beach, Saugatuck, MI (USA) a few weeks ago exposed from the winter 2013 whirling gusts. Very unusual to find that many at one time. I’ve written more extensively about coral fossils in the “classification” categories in the box to the right. Please feel free to make suggestions identifying these coral fossils further.