Photographer captures blue ice in Lake Superior near Munising

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 13:11:33-05

(WXYZ) — Photographer Patrick Hugener was flying his drone near Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Tuesday when he captured blue ice forming west of Pictured Rocks.

He was able to capture some incredible images, which were posted on is Head in the Clouds Photography Facebook page.

"I was very surprised to see the blue ice along Sand Point," he told 7 Action News. "I ran over and clicked a few shots off with my camera before heading elsewhere to fly my drone."

He said when he saw it, it made him do a double-take.

According to Carleton College in Minnesota, ice appears blue when "it is sufficiently consoloidated that bubbles do not interfere with the passage of light. Without the scattering effect of air bubbles, light can penetrate ice undisturbed. In ice, the absorption of light at the red end of spectrum is six times greater than the blue end."