It’s hard to capture the grandeur and vastness of Saginaw Bay’s beauty during the winter months. In 2015, one bold video producer captured some of the most awesome and intriguing shots of the winter ice of the Upper Thumb. Braving treacherous ice flows we see rare ice shots of the Port Austin Lighthouse, Turnip Rock and Port Austin Harbor transformed to the warm summer magic of Michigan’s Thumb.
Thumbwind gives a tip of the hat to “Lighting in a Bottle Rainy Day Productions” for featuring this Pure Thumb experience. Enjoy.
The Port Austin Lighthouse was put into service 1878, and its base pier was modified in 1899. The Lighthouse is still operational and is automated. The the tower is constructed of yellow brick. It is an octagonal, 60-foot tall tower, with an attached keeper house. The the focal plain is 76 feet. It utilized a fourth-order Fresnel lens by Henry Lepaute of Paris and installed in 1899.
Nearby Turnip Rock
Just off the tip of Michigan in Lake Huron is Turnip Rock. It’s a large turnip-shaped sandstone island. The unique shape is the result of thousands of years of erosion by wind and water of the lake.
Tall trees, moss and other vegetation have grown at the top of the isolated rock. Nearby is the “thumbnail” (or “tip of the thumb”) outcropping, which is considered the most northern point on the “thumb” of Michigan.
The surrounding land is privately owned by residents of the Pointe Aux Barques community, so visitors can only view the rock by kayak or hike over the frozen lake in the winter.
During the summer season tours are available to both Port Austin Reef Lighthouse and Turnip Rock. The tour boat Lady of the Lake is run by Captain Tom of Explorer Charters is docked in Port Austin Harbor and conducts weekly tours.
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