The crews of these tugboats took a work break for a couple days from rebuilding the Ludington carferry docks at the end of January due to sub-zero temperatures and high winds. Pere Marquette Lake froze around the small ships, which can break their way free as soon as they are needed.

“Ice Break” and “Big Toot and Friends”
What a difference a day or so makes in Michigan! Before the infamous Bomb Cyclone winter storm hit Michigan in February 2019, I was drawn to the Ludington waterfront on a sunny morning to photograph three tugboats moored along the shore. I was happy with my shot. When the storm crossed over Lake Michigan from Wisconsin several days later, Ludington harbor looked more like Siberia. I knew right where to head to make a another good, but extremely different photograph.

Ice Break


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