The beautiful, otherworldly sculptures have already gone viral on social media platforms and websites like Good Morning America.
Joshua Nowicki has a masters degree in anthropology from the Western Michigan University and is now a full time nature photographer.
Nowicki said in an interview that he is out every day because of his work, regardless of weather, and his favorite photographic subject is Lake Michigan and its surroundings.
He says that his love for nature and photography have led him to discover the beautiful sand structures on St. Joseph’s Silver Beach. These structures are made of frozen wet sand and were sculpted by winds blowing at a speed of more than 50 mph.
Nowicki stated that he first discovered the amazing sand sculptures on Lake Michigan about three years ago, but he was still an inexperienced photographer at that time.
Because of his lack of experience, he wasn’t able to capture the images of the sand formations in such extreme weather conditions.
But this time, he said it was different. He knew how to photograph the formations after spotting them on the beach around 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
Nowicki explains that he took the photos using different exposures, some of them he took in the evening and other he captured in the morning, right after sunrise.
He says that some of the sand formations were more than one foot high and they melted away in the morning, when the sun came out.
The camera he used on most photos is a Nikon D3200 with a 35 mm lens and one photo was taken using a Canon 6D that had a 50 mm lens.
Nowicki said that he just purchased the camera and only took a few photos with it as because he was afraid the wind will blow sand inside it.
Dr. David Barnes explains that the sand formations, known as “hoodoos”, are erosional remains made of frozen sand that are shaped by the wind.
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