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Dave Sandford's Lake Erie Photos Turn Waves Into 'Liquid Mountains'

12/11/2015 08:25 EST | Updated 12/11/2015 08:59 EST

Lake Erie is well known for the pollution that humans have put in it.

It was once so contaminated that it caught on fire. And last year, it saw a toxic algae bloom so serious that it threatened Canadian water supplies.

But London, Ont. photographer Dave Sandford has found beauty in its waters.

He posted some mesmerizing photos of Lake Erie waves to artistic site BoredPanda this week, calling them "Liquid Mountains."

They have drawn over 300,000 views, and Sandford, who normally shoots professional sports, is "overwhelmed" at the attention, he told CBC News.


Sandford took the pictures in November, sometimes spending as long as six hours trying to grab the best shots, CBC News reported.

"Since I was a kid, I’ve loved to be on, in or around water," he wrote on BoredPanda.

"I’m fascinated by the sheer raw power and force of it, captivated by the graceful movement of a wave and mesmerized by light dancing across it."

This one he called the "Lake Erie Monster."

First light on a monster Lake Erie Wave #instanaturefriends_ #Jaw_dropping_shots

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The photos have also drawn attention on his Instagram and Facebook accounts.

And it's easy to see why.

He titled this photo, "The Gales of November."

The Gales of November have not disappointed this season.. The show continues on Lake Erie with some monster waves! #WitchOfNovember

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Sandford is a great sports photographer. But we think he has a calling capturing the power of nature.

Here are more photos of Lake Erie from his Instagram:

Darkness Rising

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A momentary red peaked mountain moved across Lake Erie

A photo posted by Dave Sandford 🇨🇦 (@sandfordpix) on


The Lady of the Lake

A photo posted by Dave Sandford 🇨🇦 (@sandfordpix) on


Fire & Ice flaring up as the first rays of light hit the frigid waters of Lake Erie

A photo posted by Dave Sandford 🇨🇦 (@sandfordpix) on




My Lake wave series continued.. Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear.

A photo posted by Dave Sandford 🇨🇦 (@sandfordpix) on


The Gales of November have not disappointed this season.. The show continues on Lake Erie with some monster waves! #WitchOfNovember

A photo posted by Dave Sandford 🇨🇦 (@sandfordpix) on




With a voice as big as the Sea 🌊 #LakeErie #WitchOfNovember

A photo posted by Dave Sandford 🇨🇦 (@sandfordpix) on


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