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As nearly half of the United States suffers from intense sub-zero temperatures caused by what meteorologists are calling a “polar vortex,” photographer Thomas Zakowski took trips to the Michigan cities of South Haven and St. Joseph to capture these breathtaking photos of frozen lighthouses.

“The lighthouses were frozen solid by the waves that came crashing down against the piers,” Zakowski said.

“What made the photograph of one of them so interesting was the fact that the storm was so intense it uplifted the anchors of the scaffolding which had been left there after painting. It looks like a stairway in many ways and added a quality to the scene you will never see again.”

Picturesque: This lighthouse was captured in the city of St Joseph. The structures can remain frozen for over a month during particularly severe winters

A lighthouse stands frozen still after a big storm in St Joseph, Michigan

This frozen lighthouse in Michigan could easily be mistaken for a still from the snow swept disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow

'An event I look forward to very much': Every year, Mr Zakowski makes the trip to St Joseph and South Haven after a big storm to capture the resulting scenes

Nature's beauty: The lighthouses and their piers were frozen solid by the waves that came crashing down and then froze

(h/t to The Daily Mail)

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