Wind and water form ever-changing art at the base of Barton Dam

February in the mid-west, and it’s finally gotten really cold here in the last week or two. When winter temperatures take a deep dive like this, we Great Lakes photographers know to head out looking for beautiful ice.

One of the best things about living around Ann Arbor is the potential to be surprised by anonymous acts of public art. Here whimsical Ann Arborites offer an alternative to summer water sports and nature walks. D&D with the snow giants anyone? For the record, I think they’re tetradecahedrons. (Shoot! My 10th grade geometry teacher was right! I did need geometry.) Strictly speaking, Argo Pond isn’t really a pond. It’s a portion of the Huron River that’s been widened by the Argo Dam, which created a 90+ acre pond behind it. The dam itself was the subject of some debate, with the Michigan DNR and the Huron River Watershed council favoring its removal to promote free-flowing rivers but many Ann Arbor residents and recreational users opposing its removal. For now the dam stays and with it a unique public space within walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor. Where is this? Argo Pond has multiple public access points off of North Main Street and Huron River Drive on the west and off of Longshore Drive on the east.