Thursday, February 22, 2007

Amazing Ice

Imagine, if you will, a stunning secret world near the exact middle of North America. This world is accessible by foot only every few years when the winter conditions are right. It can be reached in summer only by small, seaworthy boats, ideally hand-powered craft.

Picture soaring cliffs of deep red sandstone, banded with layers of colored sand and even ancient ripple marks. Imagine dramatic cracks in this sandstone, rounded grottoes and 6-foot tall keyholes next to tiny mirror keyholes. See trees colonizing the tops of these cracks, large and small, tenaciously clinging to the rough rock. Hear gurgles and splashes of icy clear water in summer; listen to the stunning silence or occasional cracking of ice in the winter.

Picture water flowing out of and over the rock. In winter, this water freezes into immense sheets, delicate ripples or pointed daggers of ice. Explore the new, frozen pockets, skirting loose chunks or sliding over rippled blue pillows of ice. Be completely amazed and astounded, grateful that you’ve been able to visit this year.

This world DOES exist, tucked into the top of a peninsula in the southwest corner of the world’s largest Great Lake. We were lucky enough to visit this week. It never fails to amaze...





7 comments:

loribird said...

Wow. That is truly amazing, so lucky you get to see it in person! Thanks for sharing your photos, I had no idea it was there!

e4 said...

Wow, that's incredible. And I'm sure the photos don't do it justice...

BurdockBoy said...

Great shots. You beat me there this year. I still hope the ice is safe early next week because that's when I'm going to try and head up there.

Oh, the ice road has been open for awhile. I went over to Madeline Island last week.

gtr said...

Burdockboy: hope you're feeling better and can head over there soon!

e4: Yes, it was the first cloudy (but warm!) day in quite a while... would have been nice to have blue sky, hmmph.

loribird: They ARE amazing, eh? We don't get out all that much anymore, but it's not far...

cyndy said...

What a very, very beautiful place.

Deb said...

Way cool photos!

By the way, we didn't make it to the coffeehouse in Superior tonight because of the snow. Oh well, we are now planning on hitting Fitger's March 17th.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous pictures!