Four weeks after my Christmas Eve walk around Kirk Park I returned to Lake Michigan to see what had changed, and to try out my new camera.
The extreme cold of the past few weeks increased the ice cover dramatically, and now the lake is covered out to near the horizon.
The large piles of ice roughly correspond to where the sand bars or shallow regions near the beach appear in the summer.
I walked out to the first large piles. I am certain the ice would have held me out much farther, but it was difficult walking; slick ice interspersed with patches of snow which might also be deep holes.
After an hour here I drove up to Grand Haven State Park, where many people (comparatively) were enjoying themselves on the ice.
The mouth of the channel was apparently the only open patch of water in this area, and therefore there were ducks in abundance.
You can see the entire set here on Flickr.