The media outlets are still featuring Lake Superior’s ice caves, with temperatures forecasted to reach 30°F (-1°C) this coming weekend, likely to result in large crowds trying to catch a last glimpse of these fleeting wonders. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s Facebook page posted this update yesterday, reminding all that the ice caves are not a permanent feature (and thankfully, that sub-zero temps are not, either, as many of us were beginning to wonder):
As the weather warms up, the walk to the ice caves will be more pleasant – but that also means that icicles will start melting and falling and there will be more slush on the ice – make sure not to stand under ice formations and wear waterproof boots – with ice cleats!
The Apostle Islands’ Facebook post provided a nice segue to another group of photos from our ice caves visit last Saturday. Sub-zero temps meant no threat to the icicles during our visit!
Everyone needs the obligatory “look up at the icicles” shot.
No two caves were alike.
Color, pattern, shape … each hollow held a unique, amazing scene.
The minerals from the rocks and soil, the speed and temperature of freezing, the sunlight or lack thereof … all created fascinating variations in color.
Icicles like these are sure to be the first to go as Winter finally starts to release its frigid hold.
Check back tomorrow for a departing look at the Apostle Islands ice caves.
Ciao! ~ Kat
For information on visiting the ice caves: National Park Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore or Apostle Islands Facebook Page