These are worth looking at.This is why you should never take chances on the Great Lakes… and specifically on Lake Erie.Lake Erie’s shallowness causes what is called the “bath tub effect”… i.e. like when you stand up quickly and the water sloshes around.Force of Lake Erie Storm Waves:Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America and the thirteenth largest globally if measured in terms of surface area. It is the southernmost, shallowest and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes, and therefore it also has the shortest average water residence time. Lake Erie’s northern shore is bounded by the Canadian province of Ontario, with US states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York on its southern and easternmost shores and Michigan on the west.PS: The Great Lakes are actually not lakes. They are inland seas! The Edmond Fitzgerald sank in November of 1975 in a horrible hurricane on Lake Superior… 100 mph winds and a blizzard of blinding snow & ice. More ships have sank in the Great Lakes than anywhere else!The following photos give you some idea why.Looks like the ocean but it’s the Great Lakes.
He recently spent time on Lake Erie shooting the Great Lake’s turbulent fall season. >From mid-October to mid-November, the longtime professional sports photographer travelled each week to Port Stanley, Ontario, on the edge of Lake Erie to spend hours taking photos.This series of images shows what this Great Lake looks like after the sunbathers and boaters leave and the weather begins to turn.1. His goal was to capture the exact moment when lake waves driven by gusting winds collide with a rebound wave that’s created when the water hits a pier and collection of boulders on the shore.
Dave Sandford2. “The best way I can describe the water is it’s like a washing machine. It’s not like ocean waves, where you have a nice set that’s rolling in. They are really erratic, they go all over the place, and there is a strong undertow there so it can be a very dangerous place.”
Dave Sandford4. “I’ve had a number of people contact me that used to live by the Great Lakes …. and they said the photos really stirred something inside them because they grew up there and know what the water can be like.”
Dave Sandford6. “I’m hearing from other people that are blown away. They say, ‘This can’t be a lake, it’s got to be an ocean.’ They had no idea that a lake could generate waves of this size and force.”
Dave Sandford8. “The wave [in this photo] looks sort of like a mountain. I’ve already had it printed up for my own wall at home. These waves move so fast. It’s insane how fast they form, and then from the time that they form to that nice peak to exploding, it’s a mere second.”
Dave Sandford9. “I really enjoyed that challenge, when I was out there, of getting it when it’s in that almost perfect peak on both sides before it explodes, so it has that look of a mountain or a volcano.”
Dave Sandford10. “There was only one evening where the sun broke through. Most were very overcast days.”
Dave Sandford12. “I enjoy the challenge of freezing things in time. Getting them at the right moment at the peak moment.”
Dave Sandford13. He said his sports photography and his waves series share one important characteristic. “In all the things I’ve made my living doing in photography there are no do-overs no re-dos. You get one shot at it and that’s it, so it really helps you hone your craft.”
Dave Sandford15. “When you’re on a beach you don’t have a studio setting where you can set something or someone up and have multiple opportunities to get it. It’s one and done.”
Dave Sandford19. “No two waves are ever the same you either have it or you don’t.”