We asked Great Lakes photographers to send us some of their favorite or toughest Great Lakes shots. Photographer and artist Laura Miller sent us these photos. Late January 2014 has been particularly difficult along the Maumee River in Ohio because of the amount of snow and rain we received with near-record precipitation. These photos of an ice jam reflect the challenge of the river environment with the next challenge being flooding in the spring. Although this part of the river had an ice jam, farther upstream the water was flowing freely as the ice had been swept away. The Maumee River is the largest Great Lakes watershed and feeds into Lake Erie. There is a wonderful park system that follows the river providing abundant opportunities to enjoy the river. Getting to the river isn’t the easiest during the winter months. The most difficult aspect of this photo adventure was knowing where the river bank ended and the river began. You can’t help but respect the power and beauty of the ice when you’re actually on the banks of the river. As you get closer to the water’s edge, you can easily go through the ice not knowing there is water flowing underneath.