Thursday, February 5, 2009

When Ice Looks Nice

Undoubtedly my neighbors think I am a little crazy. This afternoon I was out in my front yard, raking the snow around. I could almost feel the questions flying through the air in my general direction.

What is she doing?
Is she raking... the snow? Why?
Is it some kind of snow Zen garden?

Nope. If you must know I was raking the mounds of snow onto the dry spots on my lawn so that all the snow would melt off my lawn more quickly. It has actually been pretty decent the past few days and my snow is starting to melt. Hooray!

So maybe I am a little crazy. Either that or extremely ready for Spring.

There is one thing that I will miss once we finally stay above freezing for more than a few days at a time... the HUGE ice castle not far from our house. The boys want me to drive by it every time we go anywhere in the car.

Can you blame them?
Standing near the base, looking way up.

Check out the intricate shapes.

Watch your step!

They light up the ice castle at night, so I had to drive by on my way home from work one night to snap a picture. Pretty, huh?

To give you some idea of the size of this thing, these smaller columns are taller than I am! The entire castle is actually taller than the creator's house!

So although we will not miss winter or the snow, I think my boys will miss watching the ice castle and how it grows and changes.

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43 comments:

  1. The ice castles are beautiful, I was gazing at them awe-struck. Were I a child I too would have missed!

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  2. Oh wow! That is stunning!! I am seriously impressed. I would definitely miss seeing that daily once Spring arrives.

    And maybe raking snow is a little crazy, but everyone has a little crazy in them. It's what makes the world go round lol.

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  3. Beautiful! I can see why you'd miss it. :)

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  4. I know some will call me crazy (I might have called myself crazy if I had seen this day before yesterday when I was at the beach in February!), but I miss Utah winters.

    That ice IS nice.

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  5. WHERE is that? That's the coolest thing I've seen all winter!

    And raking snow -- I'm right there with you.

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  6. WoW! I have never seen anything quite like that, too cool!

    Send me your email please so I can send you the code for your "Guest Contributor" button. Thanks! Your awesome!

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  7. That is SOOO cool!! I've never seen anything like that...and we live in the frozen tundra, too!

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  8. That is one cool bit of ice!
    I've never raked snow, but I have stood in the street trying to break up the ice so that the road will melt and I will no longer have to park on it..... people are not kind and drive by WAY too fast and splash ya!

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  9. I love ice sculptures and Ice castles! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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  10. it is pretty fantastic - I'd want to drive by it everyday too

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  11. Cool pictures! There was a house not to far from us that made a big mound of snow and then put a sign on it counting how many days the mound lasted. It was funny driving by and seeing the mound get smaller and smaller (and the numbers of days bigger and bigger) as the ice began to melt.

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  12. wow! is that for real? amazing photos you took

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  13. That is so pretty! I've never seen such a thing!

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  14. That is amazing, thanks I agree I won't miss winter either.

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  15. Wow that is really neat and really beautiful! The snow should start melting around here tomorrow too, its going to be 52!!!

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  16. Cool!

    I totally rake the snow too once it gets to the point where there are bare patches all over the place. I'm just SO stinkin' ready by then for ALL OF IT to be GONE!!!

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  17. Wow! That is really cool! I've never seen anything quite like that! I love that some people are able to take "negative" things like cold, snow, ice and turn them into something beautiful like this!

    And I think that is a great idea to rake the snow! : )

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  18. I saw that on the news the other night. I'll bet its something to see up close

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  19. Wow, that is fascinating! I've never seen anything like it! I'd drive by it everyday too.

    Glad to see it's warming up a little and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. That is awesome! Wow! I love ice castles. :)

    BTW, I vacuum my lawn, so I can't pass judgement. hehe.

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  21. OMGoodness that is sooo cool! OK, I guess maybe winter is almost acceptable with that kind of stuff around.

    Um, no, I change my mind. C'mon spring!

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  22. I love that ice castle.

    I like the idea of a Zen ice garden. I think it's good to keep the neighbors on their toes.

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  23. Oh my goodness! I would probably think you were crazy too for raking the snow but since you explained why, that is a great idea! The ice castle is amazing!! Where do you live? A man around here used to do stuff like that with ice or snow and they were beautiful. They would always put them on the local news so he would have so much traffic by his house! Craziness I tell you!!

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  24. Oh wow, that is SO STINKING COOL! I can't imagine building something like that!

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  25. I've never seen anything like that ice castle before. Magnificent! Now, raking the snow is another deal all together. You remind me, slightly, of my MIL!

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  26. Wow, the ice castle is amazing! I've never seen anything like that in the South. lol :)

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  27. That is absolutely fantastic! I love it!

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  28. Oh my gosh, that's amazing. Wow. Very cool.

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  29. Thanks for stopping by from SITS today.
    Raking the snow may seem strange until you find out the reason behind it! And bring on SPRING, so ready for it!

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  30. Stunning, just stunning...no wonder your boys always want to drive by!

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  31. That is stunning and you captured it beautifully.

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  32. Smart thinking for your lawn. I love ice sculptures they're so pretty. Lake Louise in Canada had some fabulous ones.

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  33. I would want to drive by them every day too! They are beautiful!

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  34. Very cool. I don't think I could ever do something like that...being outside sculpting ice...way too cold.

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  35. those are amazing! it makes me shiver to think about how cold it has to be to maintain that thing!!! wow.

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  36. OMGosh! That's amazing! I'm so jealous that you live by that snow castle, so cool!

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  37. Wow, what an enterprising individual to make that in their yard!

    CanCan

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