Seeing these sculptures reminded us of how beautiful ice can be, and how there are frozen works of art everywhere in this park. For instance, we'd been down to the end of the lake a few days ago, and seen some of nature's Ice Magic at “Louise Falls.” These falls form every winter, as there is a permanent spring at the top of one of the lakeside cliffs. Even with a flow rate of only a few litres per minute, by mid-winter, the water dribbling out freezes into an impressive 100 metre tall ice column.
Earlier this month, at Lake Minnewanka, near Banff, the lake ice was frozen thick enough for skating, and the trapped air bubbles in the ice again made for exquisite and impressive art.
|Air bubbles at Lake Minnewanka|
Tonight, we've gone through our photo album, and pulled out a few of our favourite “frozen fotos.” We hope you enjoy the Ice Magic!
ps: the ice sculptures at Lake Louise usually stay in really good shape until early February, if you want to come to see them.
|Skating at Lake Louise in November|
|Frost flowers and frost heaves at Vermilion Lake, near Banff in November|
|Frost on water birch leaves in September|
|The Upper Victoria Glacier at sunrise in July|
|Early ice in October in one of the side channels of Paradise Creek|
|Surface hoar frost on the snow near Lake Louise|