Lake Superior’s Frozen Wonder: The Apostle Islands Ice Caves, Part II

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!

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

Everyone needs the obligatory “look up at the icicles” shot.

Apostle Islands ice caves, icicles ~ 3/1/14

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.

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

Icicles like these are sure to be the first to go as Winter finally starts to release its frigid hold.

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

Apostle Islands ice caves ~ 3/1/14

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”

  1. What a spectacular series Kat! The icicles look dreadfully sharp. I would worry about being impaled by one of those melting shards! 🙂

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  2. 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.

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