Pancake Ice!

And I was whining about the cold HERE!
Check out Roda’s post. GORGEOUS photos!!

Growing Self


We have had crazy, cold temperatures here in West Michigan.  Due to this, Mother Nature has blessed us with the gift of pancake ice. The circular ice is formed from water swirling, picking up frazzle on all sides.  The pancakes bump into one another, causing a raised rim along the outside edges.

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Pancake ice can range from 12 inches in diameter to 10 feet wide!

Here is a video!  I apologize for the noisy wind!

After spending some time in the channel, I made my way towards the pier…

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As you can see, I was the only crazy person at the lake shore!

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I came to the edge of the pier, which was solid ice.  With no guard rail and extremely high winds,  I changed lenses for it would not be safe to continue.

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I thought I would explore the beach area, for a different view…

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By now, I was…

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I am a freelance writer that writes in several genres. I've had a successful blog with a growing and loyal following for more than 5 years. I've written articles for Counseling Directory .org, Introvert Dear .com, WOW Women on Writing and Ariel Chart, a monthly online Journal. I'm currently working on my first novel. You can find more of my writings on my blog at: and follow me on Twitter @pennywilson123.
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16 Responses to Pancake Ice!

  1. Nicolle says:

    Those are some interesting pictures and terms! Being in a tropical country, this is something new for me. 😀


  2. Would love to photograph a scene like this. This is unusual and artsy and just crazy nature.


  3. Sartenada says:

    Never seen them here in Finland. Your photos are so beautiful.


  4. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of pancake ice. It’s kind of pretty yet odd looking. We got 2 inches of snow here in S Carolina. That was enough for me!


  5. Deb Whittam says:

    I have never seen snow or ice so I found your post fascinating


  6. Donnalee says:

    Strange and beautiful–you wouldn’t get me going on that ice to take photos!


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