Not Placid At All

The United States is home to the Great Lakes, which can be described as vast inland seas filed with fresh water.  Over 20% of all the fresh water on the planet is contained in those five lakes.

Lake Erie has the distinction of being the shallowest of the Great Lakes, which means that it was also the most volatile.  As it was a mere few hours drive from my home when I lived in Ohio, I spent a fair amount of time around that lake.  It never ceased to amaze how fast the water would start to churn and crash when the wind would get up.

A perfect illustration of this can be found here, which leads to an article that showcases some of the work of professional photographer Dave Sanford.  It seems that Mr. Sanford has a certain fascination for the Great Lakes, and he spends time in the turbulent storm season photographing what happens to Lake Erie.  A lot of his shots remind me strongly of famed Japanese woodcut “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa“, some of them have an even more sinister cast.  Below is an example of what I mean.

That isn’t photoshopped, by the way.

Click on this link to check it out.

(Hat tip to Glenn.)

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