Mar 28-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: March: Mar 28-08
Giant Ice Wave    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tony Travouillon
Frozen in Time    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tony Travouillon
Real or Photoshop?    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tony Travouillon
Actual pictures, fake description    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tony Travouillon

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 06:44 am:

Yesterday I received a flood of forwarded emails about a new ice formation that had been discovered out on Lake Huron near Mackinaw City. I was ready to hop in the car and head east to see this eighth wonder of the world myself, but thought it best to do a little Hoax Hunt. Sure enough - a little bit of truth - a little embellishment - the things legends are made of, urban or otherwise.

According to these shots were taken by scientist Tony Travouillon in Antarctica, and are included in Tony's fine gallery of shots from way 'down under'.

So you guys out there traipsing around Lake Huron can come on back inside :o)

By Donna (Donna) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 06:52 am:

I've had a ton of these sent to me too..and said the same thing!

Thanks Charlie!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 06:54 am:

I had received this also and was hoping someone would clear this up. The things dreams are made of!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 07:29 am:

We first got these pictures saying they were taken in Antarctica. Then we got them saying they were from Lake Michigan. THEN we got them saying they were from Lake Huron. I really don't see how a wave could freeze solid like that anywhere, especially waves like that with so much "umph" to them. But I guess you never know. Thanks for clearing it up for us.

By Walter M Sands (Wsands) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 07:45 am:

We got these's same pics in an e-mail yesterday from a friend,a little early for april fools day.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 07:49 am:

Gee, thanks Charlie. Iíve been walking around this lake all night.

By Nancy Green (Snowdazed) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 07:56 am:

Thanks, Charlie. I was one who sent you these yesterday to find out the truth and you did that leg work for me. It still would have been a good trip from Virginia to Mackinaw just to check it out. Oh well, I shall come another time.

By Connie Levline (Cjlevline) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 08:30 am:

Alex..was that you I ran into out on the lake last night?

Regardless of where these photos were taken..they are awesome looking!

By Becca (Bec) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 08:37 am:

Lake Superior... maybe. Lake Huron... nah.

Thanks for sleuthing the truth, Charlie.

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 08:53 am:

and here I thought I was the only one who sent them to Charlie.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 09:27 am:

I was going to say Charlie, "since when did we post pics of Antarctica on the Cam Notes page??". I had these sent to me a few days ago and that person wanted clarification as well. They are real photos, but they are not a frozen wave; it is physically impossible in nature to "freeze" a wave like that. gives a great explanation of what your looking at and how it really formed....

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 09:44 am:

UP or not those are fabulous pictures of the ice.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 09:50 am:

It looks like a big fish fillet.

By Betsy Ely (Bitsybetsy) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 10:19 am:

Maybe it would have been more believable if they said Lake Superior... but still, no. Neat pictures though, I like the blue in the ice.

By Musicteacher (Musicteacher) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:43 am:

The snow pile in my front yard is almost that high. I
sure wish Spring would arrive and begin "breakup"
season. Then we can have mud and slush, and I can
put away the snowblower. Good grief, it's almost April,

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:17 pm:

I'm for the fish fillet, too, obviously some gigantic Blue Fin - Probably Ton-a

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:56 pm:

I have seen blue ice on Lake Huron, in front of our cabin near Cheboygan; not that high, obviously. It was off-shore, in an un-safe place to inspect, so I can't say how tall; somewhere around a couple of feet.

On the other hand, on Lakes Michigan and Huron, we do get white ice mounds near shore that can get around 4 or 5 feet tall. These can then get some sand blown on them. I once overheard a small boy asking his dad why they trucked in those big mounds of sand. Appearances can be deceiving, with or without Photoshop.

Musicteacher, I'm with you! Yesterday afternoon, as the snow steadily fell, I put on a Jimmy Buffett least I could HEAR about warm places...

By osceola brulla (Sonofbrulla) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 01:41 pm:

mount ice elevation ....? sure does make you wonder about them freezing pics " cool pics "

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 04:01 pm:

It somehow looks to me like it's been wrapped in a huge piece of Saran Wrap.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 04:35 pm:

Maybe to prevent freezer burn??

By Tim Holland (Tholland) on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 06:50 pm:

I already made a fool of myself forwarding this one around about a week ago, passing on the bad information. When I was corrected by a few of my boatnerd friends, I decided to be a little more careful before sending out something that is a little too good to be true.

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