<p><strong>It's not a wedding cake, an <a id="aboz" title="ice sculpture" href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions-of-earth/visions-earth-2011">ice sculpture</a>, an <a id="x:wc" title="ice hotel" href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/ice-hotels-traveler/">ice hotel</a> or <a id="wrc7" title="Snow Miser" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072424/">Snow Miser</a>'s palace—just a lighthouse at the entrance to Cleveland Harbor in <a id="ck7l" title="Ohio" href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/ohio-facts/">Ohio</a>, as seen enrobed in ice on December 16 (<a id="vam." title="Cleveland map" href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=41.504492824734704, -81.69057346880436&amp;z=11">Cleveland map</a>).</strong></p><p>Spray from Lake Erie and below-freezing temperatures turned Cleveland's West Pierhead Lighthouse into a Popsicle last week, leaving the Coast Guard to worry that any stubborn skippers braving the lake this time of year would miss the shoreline. The light's lens, as well as the rest of the building, is completely iced over—and will be for months.</p><p>Mariners have been issued warnings to exercise extra caution around the harbor entrance, though most boat traffic has already stopped for the season, said Petty Officer 3rd Class <a id="g33_" title="George Degener" href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/11949943480390121175">George Degener</a>, who serves with the U.S. Coast Guard's Cleveland-based Ninth Division.</p><p>On the bright side: There's no lighthouse keeper shivering inside the icy tower. The facility has been automated for decades.</p><p>(<a id="z75v" title="Video: &quot;Saving Lake Erie.&quot;" href="http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/environment/habitats-environment/freshwater/lake-erie.html">Video: "Saving Lake Erie."</a>)</p><p><em>—Rachel Kaufman</em></p>

Lighthouse Wrapped for the Holidays

It's not a wedding cake, an ice sculpture, an ice hotel or Snow Miser's palace—just a lighthouse at the entrance to Cleveland Harbor in Ohio, as seen enrobed in ice on December 16 (Cleveland map).

Spray from Lake Erie and below-freezing temperatures turned Cleveland's West Pierhead Lighthouse into a Popsicle last week, leaving the Coast Guard to worry that any stubborn skippers braving the lake this time of year would miss the shoreline. The light's lens, as well as the rest of the building, is completely iced over—and will be for months.

Mariners have been issued warnings to exercise extra caution around the harbor entrance, though most boat traffic has already stopped for the season, said Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener, who serves with the U.S. Coast Guard's Cleveland-based Ninth Division.

On the bright side: There's no lighthouse keeper shivering inside the icy tower. The facility has been automated for decades.

(Video: "Saving Lake Erie.")

—Rachel Kaufman

Photograph by Mark Duncan, AP

Pictures: Lighthouse Turned Into Ice Castle

Wrapped for the holidays, an Ohio lighthouse is so coated in ice that even its light is obscured, thanks to freezing spray from Lake Erie.

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