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Just because it’s almost June doesn’t mean that that Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena has stopped discovering amazing ice formations. Cathy Hartt, who lives in Montrose, CO, was out walking her dog early on the morning of May 12, 2014 when she encountered this beautiful sheet of snow at the bottom of a slide in Buckley Park that had folded and frozen like a giant piece of ribbon candy.
Photo by Cathy Hartt via 7NEWS, KGMH in Denver
[via Twisted Sifter]

Just because it’s almost June doesn’t mean that that Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena has stopped discovering amazing ice formations. Cathy Hartt, who lives in Montrose, CO, was out walking her dog early on the morning of May 12, 2014 when she encountered this beautiful sheet of snow at the bottom of a slide in Buckley Park that had folded and frozen like a giant piece of ribbon candy.

Photo by Cathy Hartt via 7NEWS, KGMH in Denver

[via Twisted Sifter]

We’ve seen the astonishing frozen Sea Caves on the shore of Lake Superior. Now let’s check out a manmade winter wonderland on the other side of the continental divide. This fantastic frozen fortress is the Ice Castle located in Midway, Utah. These enchantingly photographs were taken by Salt Lake City-based photographer Ben Kuhns.

Handmade from over 20,000,000 pounds of ice, the Ice Castle is a network of carved footpaths that wind through towering glacial formations, caverns, archways, and maze-like tunnels. At night the castle is illuminated by multicolored LED lights, which serve to heighten the already mysterious and magical atmosphere.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders reveals an awesomely icy sight that hasn’t been seen since 2009: the Sea Caves found along the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin. The caves are the result of centuries of erosion caused by freezing, thawing, and wave-on-sandstone action that have sculpted the shorelines and they’re only accessible when Lake Superior freezes enough to permit safe passage.

Nature has carved delicate arches, vaulted chambers, and honeycombed passageways into cliffs on the north shore of Devils Island, Swallow Point on Sand Island, and along the mainland near the Lakeshore’s western boundary.

Officials estimate that as many as 1000 people are arriving daily to check out the awesome spectacle of the frozen caves. If the cold weathers holds out, the caves may remain accessible for another month or so.

Via the U.S. Department of the Interior:

Inside the caves awaits a fairyland of needlelike icicles. The formations change from chamber to chamber and from day to day. Apostle Islands is experiencing high volume of visitors right now, so we recommend that you visit the caves during the week. Before heading to the caves, please call the Ice Line at (715) 779-3397 - extension 3, for the most current ice condition information.

Photos by the National Park Service, Kelly Marquardt, and Andy Rathbun respectively.

Head over to Colossal for more images of these stunning caves.

[via io9 and Colossal]

Each year for the past 15 years, Swedish artist and musician Tim Linhart carves violins, violas, cellos, guitars and marimbas out of solid ice for his Ice Music ensemble. A single instrument can take him up to one week to build. Aside from the strings and frets and so on, Linhart’s beautiful, otherwordly instruments are entirely made of ice and fully playable. They’re also illuminated by LEDs, which lends an additional dreamy quality to the performances.

Each winter Ice Music plays dozens of concerts inside a concert hall that’s also made of ice. In addition to classical pieces, they also perform country and bluegrass numbers. Because their frozen venue is kept at a constant chilly temperature of 23 °F (-5 °C), audience members are advised to dress warmly.

Click here to watch and listen to an Ice Music performance.

[via Neatorama and Classicalite]

The 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival (previously featured here) began just a couple days ago and runs through Tuesday February 11, 2014. Once again the streets of Sapporo are lined with awesome snow and ice sculptures ranging in size from small and intricate to jaw-droppingly huge. We even saw one containing frozen fish. Many of the smaller pieces are carved by local residents while others are the work of competitive ice and snow sculptors from all over the globe. Some of the larger pieces, pristine and white during the day, are beautifully illuminated at night by stunning projections or vibrantly coloured lights.

Visit Kotaku and NYPost.com for many more photos from the 2014 Sapporo Snow Festival.

It’s Sometime Cold Can Be Awesome Day on Geyser of Awesome!

If you should stay at the IgluLodge ice hotel, don’t be alarmed to find the walls are watching you. Located on the Nebelhorn mountain in the Allgäu Alps near the village of Oberstdorf, Germany, the ice and snow interior of this wonderful winter accommodation has been decorated by local artists with sculptures of fantastic faces, creatures, and designs.

"The hotel’s artistic renderings are everywhere you look. The walls of the icy accommodations are full of lively inspiration in every direction as faces and objects made of snow and ice pop out at the viewer. The themes vary from room to room, encouraging exploration of the amenities, which includes a festive restaurant and an ice bar."

The IgluLodge offers two and four-person rooms up through mid-April. We’ll be staying in the Unicorn room.

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more photos.

Last year, American photographer Thomas Zakowski took advantage of extraordinarily cold weather to capture stunning photos of 30-foot-tall lighthouses on Lake Michigan completely enshrouded in ice. Depending on how you look at them - icy wonderland or frozen wasteland - Thomas’ beautiful photos are as enchanting as they are haunting.

Visit Thomas Zakowski’s 500px gallery to check out more of his photography.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

The polar vortex of record-breaking cold weather that recently spread across the U.S. and Canada has been so impressively frigid that even Niagara Falls froze, transforming a natural wonder into an entirely different sort of awesome.

You might think that such bitter cold conditions would preclude tourists from visiting the falls, but these dramatic photos are proof to the contrary. Thanks to them we all get to see an uncommon natural phenomenon that hasn’t been witnessed for many years.

"According to historical records, during only one year, 1848, has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver, according to environmentalgraffiti.com.”

We hope the photographers responsible for these amazing images were rewarded for their determination with giant cups of hot chocolate loaded with plenty of marshmallows.

[via Dailymail.co.uk]