We enjoyed a northern Minnesota Out and About this weekend.
Our boys had a rare Saturday basketball game up the road in Ely, MN, so we left early and made a day
We spend much of our long winter traveling all over the northern half of the state for basketball games, but all on weeknights after dark.
It was nice to spend the day stopping to enjoy the scenery.
Ely is best known as a popular entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the International Wolf Center, and the North American Bear Center.
We spent our honeymoon in Ely!
When we arrived into town, we happened upon the International Snow Sculpting Symposium.
We enjoyed a very cold walk in the park checking out the action as the sculptors worked.
This big hand was one of my favorites, there was a Musk Ox charging out of the palm.
Artists start with a giant compressed block of snow and use only non-motorized tools to work their magic. They were busy shoveling, sawing, sweeping, and carving.
This sculpture was half elephant, half octopus. (The creators were working on its curling tentacles.)
There was an actual Octopus in the works, too:
The flying pig (with little pig looking up to it) was complete.. another favorite!
The young man below had his ski goggles on. Smart. It was COLD! The artists work from morning til night. My eyes were streaming with tears from the bitter cold air as we watched them.
A minion in the smaller amateur division:
The eyes of the creature from the Never Ending Story are made
of ice candles.
the sculptures can be viewed by ice candle light.
A great (though cold) day to stop and see the snow sculptures.
Peace, Love, and Winter Fun,
Sharing with Our World Tuesday