The phenomena — called a superior mirage — occurs when atmospheric conditions distort sunlight, making an object or landform appear above its true position.
A cold, semi-frozen lake provides the perfect base for the spectacle. As warm air swept over Lake Michigan, the colder, denser air bent light toward Scott, who captured the sunset vista in time-lapse.
Scott’s not alone. Others have spotted these mirages across the Great Lakes, including a view of the Chicago skyline.