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
Related post: It’s Not Too Late for the Party: Day-Tripping to the Apostle Islands Ice Caves
For information on visiting the ice caves: National Park Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore or Apostle Islands Facebook Page
12 responses to “Lake Superior’s Frozen Wonder: The Apostle Islands Ice Caves, Part II”
How cool is this? More great shots, Kat.
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Thanks, Jen — last set just posted!
Enjoy them while they last! It looks like they are totally worth the trek in those cold, cold temps!
So many ‘oh wow’ shots today, Kat … can’t wait for tomorrow! 🙂
Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
How awesome would this be! It looks amazing and interesting. Thanks for posting.
Thanks for reblogging, Tammy. Mother Nature at her finest!
Right! It looks interesting! Maybe one day I will be able to make it there.
What a spectacular series Kat! The icicles look dreadfully sharp. I would worry about being impaled by one of those melting shards! 🙂
I think this is the last weekend the caves will be open and all week long with warming temperatures they have been warning people not to stand under the hanging ice curtains and icicles!
There are a lot of nice images here. Honestly, my favorite is the first shot because you included someone in the background to provide good perspective against the frozen ice.