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Michigan City East Pier Light and Chicago Skyline

I drove about 2 ½ hours to get to Michigan City, Indiana from Lansing, Michigan. To be honest, I was expecting a very different scene than this! I arrived maybe an hour before sunset and there was quite a bit of wind and waves were roaring shoreward and lapping against the lighthouse piers. But in the distance, you could also see the Chicago skyline, something I had never seen before in person from this distance (Chicago is about an hour east of Michigan City). This is due to a special condition called a seiche, where the water level of the lake is temporarily lowered. I took lots of shots of the lighthouse with that skyline in the background, including shots of the setting sun, which was a dull orange circle due to the haze. As I usually do, though, I stuck around for a while after sunset. With the light dimming, the lighthouse lights turned on and the lights in the distant skyscrapers also turned on. There was also some color in the clouds, now, so I recomposed and added a filter to get the long exposure you see here.
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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Lighthouses
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Michigan City East Pier Light and Chicago Skyline