The following is an excerpt from RADHIKA CHALASANI | January 24, 2018 | abcnews.go.com |
The cold and windy days of late autumn and winter transform the Great Lakes into what Canadian photographer Dave Sanford calls "wickedly wild and treacherous bodies of waters."
Sandford has worked to capture the ocean-like waves created by winter storms in Lake Erie in his photo series "Liquid Mountains." Sandford began the series in 2015 and, when conditions are right, he continues to add to it.
The strong winds on the Great Lakes are often referred to as the "Witch of November," according to Farmers' Almanac and local residents. The winds rage from mid-October through December and often into January as the cold, dry air from Canada mixes with the warmer, moister air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico over the lakes, according to the National Weather Service.
"The cold zaps your muscles," Sandford told ABC News. "I might last an hour to an hour and a half in the water before I’m too fatigued to carry on."
When the cold water gets to be too much, he said he positions himself on shore near the village of Port Stanley in Ontario, Canada. During the Great Lakes' storm season, water temperatures can fall to 33 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit (close to freezing), according to the National Weather Service.
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