Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays: Zermatt Ice Castles



 





* Utah Locals: Find these bigger than life ice castles (one is a cave you can sneak into when nobody is looking!) at the Zermatt Resort in Midway.
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26 comments:

Old Bookworm aka Jeannie said...

Breathtaking!

Titanium said...

A composition in ice... gorgeous. The lighting is spectacular!

Stop on over for a little breath of mountain air!

Kiki said...

Super cool! Gorgeous and Brilliant! What a spectacular post!
Kiki~

Spice said...

Oh wow those are so cool! Love them!

Peggy said...

Awesome!

Peggy said...

Awesome!

Kate said...

Thanks, Gals!

Some of these Ice Castles are 3 stories high ~ very fun to walk through.

And, they're not carved. At the top of each one is a water spigot. The water sprays out, freezes and creates the odd shapes and bubble ice effect of the towers.

donna said...

Now THAT is beautiful. Can't get stop looking at the photos.

donna

Carol said...

Cave is what first came to mind when I saw your beautiful photos! Thrilling and chilling!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I'm speechless. Almost. These are totally, utterly breathtaking. Want one in my backyard!

KC said...

Sooooo, you went without me:( I hope you will go back, maybe next Tuesday? They are gorgeous BTW.

Gail said...

Stunning!!!

Kate said...

It was spooky and chilly but a really fun thing to tour.

Jodi -- You should do one! I'm thinking about it... All he does is turn on a sprinkler and let it go nuts.

KC -- Absolutely I'll go back with you! We went into the resort and had fondue after the tour and Get This -- the server set fire to the table next to ours! So, that was good for a laugh.

bradzio said...

I've always loved ice sculpture. Never seen it in real life. Too warm where I live.

sweet bay said...

Wow, those are amazing.

Peetie Pie looks so much like an owl (in your sidebar pic). Very cute!

Rosey Pollen said...

The sheer beauty is amazing! I bet they are even cooler in real life. No pun intended.
Rosey

Noelle said...

Words just fail me....They are so beautiful.

susie said...

NO words needed...they are just beautiful.

Garden Lily said...

Like stalagmites, but much cooler. ;-) What great lighting effects, and textures of the ice. We don't get cold enough here (Vancouver BC area) to try it in the back yard.

Anil P said...

Must be quite a sight these ice castles.

How big are they usually?

GardenJoy4Me said...

Kate girl these are AMAZING !!! They remind me of cave structures but what beautiful colour and lighting they have with them : ) I peeked at your plants and I think my amaryllis has a second shoot coming up from the bulb .. it is Apple Blossom .. is that possible ? I have never done this plant before and I am wondering if this hap pend .. I turned on my light garden this morning so fingers crossed I will see little sprouts before long !! : )

Liisa said...

Kate,
What beautiful photos, and breathtaking when backlit. :)

fairegarden said...

Cooler than cool, literally!

Frances

joey said...

Great unique photos, Kate, and how fun they would be to walk through!

Kate said...

Hi, All;
Thanks so much. At first I couldn't understand why they only let you tour them after dark (!?!) And, me with my little digital camera. But the lighting gives them a fun, spooky effect.

Garden Lily;
Be grateful it never gets that cold. :) You live in a magical place.

Anil;
They are as tall as a 2 or 3 story home, but very narrow.

Joy;
Sounds like you got a goodie of an Amaryllis bulb! The better bulbs tend to grace you with another set (4 and sometimes 5 more flowers!) after the first stem's flowers die off.

Rose said...

These are amazing! I was wondering if someone had carved them, but I see your answer in a reply here. That's actually even more amazing that they form this way!