Days of unrelenting gale force winds which began on December 13 churned up white caps on Lake Erie. Those monster waves crashed across the Cleveland Harbor breakwall and West Pier lighthouse.
The Arctic temperatures did the rest. The spray froze instantly and layer upon layer accumulated on the lake shore structures until they appeared to be solid ice.
Sunshine coming through breaks in the clouds then illuminated the ice wonders giving them a seemingly divine, otherworldly appearance.
Photojournalist George Payamgis braved the near zero wind chills to capture these moments.