|There is a sign on one of our Lake Michigan Lighthouse causeways which says, "In memory of those who died falling from this place, and those who died trying to save them." I love these fabulous Wintry scenes, but wonder if placing yourself (and possibly someone else) in this perilous position was worth it. There is a reason that one only sees these taken from a greater distance.
Sorry for the lecture, but before and after reading your narrative, I was appalled by the danger in which you placed yourself.
Next time, instead of climbing the stairs as you plan, maybe you should safely use the super zoom lens you're going to spend the next year saving for! lolllllllll