Video shows Pictured Rocks cliff shearing off into Lake Superior

MUNISING, MICH. — A drone photographer got the shot of a lifetime near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore this week, when his camera captured footage of a section of the park’s sheer cliffs crashing dramatically into Lake Superior below.

Jon Smithers, a nature and wildlife photographer from Saint Peter, Minn. had been piloting a drone from a pontoon boat just outside park boundaries with fellow photographer Craig Blacklock on Monday, Aug. 12 when the two heard a loud bang. Smithers turned his drone toward the sound just in time to see a huge rock shelf crumbling down and hitting the lake in an explosion of dust and water.

“I was really shocked,” Smithers said. “I had never seen anything like that before.”

The section of lakeshore where the crash happened is heavily trafficked this time of year by kayakers seeking close-up views of the park’s namesake sandstone cliffs. And in

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