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When we go down to Red Wing searching for eagles we usually stop at Nelsons on the Rush River to see how the ice formations are doing.


We made a stop at Devil’s Punchbowl last week. With the warm weather it was clear that the Ice would soon be gone.

We had skied to the Ice Wall the previous day and were very surprised to find that there had been significant melt in just 24 hours. With the warm temperatures forecast for the next week I suspect the Ice Wall will be gone by the end of the week.

While walking along Park Point Beach we found some interesting ice formations.

We made an early season visit to Nelson’s on the Rush river to view the ice formations. Some of the ice formations are in mid-season form while others seem to in the early stages. It looks like he has added a few more formations this year. With the recent cold weather they should develop nicely.

More information on the ice formations can be found in an earlier blog.

More photos of the ice formations can be found on my website.





On our visits to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks we found some interesting ice on the beach.




Paradise Valley is located a short distance from Devils Punchbowl so I usually stop and check it out as well. I typically find some interesting ice photos as ice forms along the small stream that flows through the valley but the cold weather has frozen the stream and a fresh snowfall had covered any ice formations. The ice wall that forms along the stream was impressive.



Earlier this winter I wrote a blog describing at trip to the Nelson’s Ice Formations on the Rush river. Last week we made a second trip to visit the ice formations and see what they looked like after a stretch of warm weather. The nice jagged edges were gone and the ice formations were mere shadows of themselves.

More photos of the Nelson Ice Formations can be found on my website.


 In order to enjoy the formations it was necessary to get up close to them and walk on what is, increasingly, slippery ice. Fortunately we brought our ice cleats along this time. Always a good idea when photographing ice.Nelson's-On-the-Rush-River-14-3-_1472

I was hoping for a nice sunny day with blue sky so the ice formations would stand out from the sky. Unfortunately by the time we reached the Nelson’s the sky was filled with clouds that were moving in and out of the background.Nelson's-On-the-Rush-River-14-3-_1493

 The water was still running and could be see shooting out of the pipes were are now visible on some of the formations. Now the spraying water isn’t freezing it is cutting into the formations and leaving pools of green colored water within the formation.Nelson's-On-the-Rush-River-14-3-_1525


This portion of one formation reminded me of Edvard Munch’s the Scream.Nelson's-On-the-Rush-River-14-3-_1508d

The ice formations at the Apostle Islands Ice Caves are formed by the waves washing against the base of the cliffs. With Lake Superior frozen over this is no longer taking place. However, the ice created by the seepage from above the cliffs and in the ceilings of the caves continues to create more and better ice formations as the winter goes on.Apostle-Islands-Ice-Caves-14-1-_1774



More photos from the Apostle Islands Ice Caves can be found on my website.