Ice Castles - What a wonderful winter gift
When I was a child there was no such thing as an ice castle. We could see them only in our dreams. And truly, looking at all of the pictures of these wondrous ice sculptures they do seem to have come about from a dream.
Imagine see one sparkling in the sunlight and being able to walk up to it, touch it, and even walk through it. It's enough to make you feel as thought you have woken up in a wondrous winter wonderland.
At night these wondrous structures are lit up with various colors of light, making them seem even more dreamlike.
As an adult I am fascinated by them. As a child, I am sure I would have felt like a princess. My children are now taking their children to see ice castle. What a wonderful gift to us all.
Each one of these ice castles are visited by hundreds of people every year.
Saranack Lake, NY
The ice castle in Saranack Lake, NY has been built every year since1898. It began as more of an outgrowth of their tremendous ice industy in that area. To make this castle the residents, who volunteer and are not trained in architecture, use pretty much the same methods that was used way back in the beginning. It is not the main event at the Saranak Lake Winter Carnival every year.
This beautiful ice castle at Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada has been open for years to celebrate the Ice Magic Festival. Not only is there a castle built every year but also a great selection of fairy tale type sculpture for your viewing pleasure. There is ice skating, sleigh rides, ice carving demonstrations, and an Ice playground for the children. The ice castle seems to be the favorite attraction - you are able to go into it and wander around looking out of it's windows. It makes you feel just like a princess, or a prince.
The Ice Castles in Springthorne, Colorado are the brainchild of Brent Christensen. Every year this man and his crew do what he loves best - create out in the ice and snow. Each castle is made out of icicles. They ice icicles are formed each night by them turning on the sprinklers and letting the water freeze making towers, walls, tunnels, and spirals.
During the day these formations sparkle brightly in the sunlight beckoning people to enter and walk through them. At night they glow from the many lights placed inside and around them making a winter wonderland.
Eagle River, WI
This ice castle is brought to us by firefighters who volunteer hundreds of hours to build this beautiful castle. It takes close to 300 blocks of ice to build it. All of the ice is take from a local lake. The ice castle has been built at Eagle River since the 1920's, except for a couple of years during World War II.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota
This beautiful castle is in Minnesota at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The carnival began in the 1800's and every year their main event is a beautiful ice castle. The castle is made with water from the Minnesota lakes.
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© 2012 Susan Hazelton