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Ice Fest in St. Joe

Ice Fest in St. Joe

After carefully configuring and testing the new Sony DSLR, mirror-less camera, I set out for the eastern coast of Lake Michigan and the fine small town of Saint Joseph. Though it was still the dead of winter with minimum light availability, I knew there were several boutique store fronts and various other tourist attractions adorning the bluffs above the shoreline. So the odds of grabbing at least a few decent test shots were good. Little did I know I was soon to walk into the middle of the 12th Annual Magical Ice Fest.

 

The sidewalks of the down town area that day was loaded with crowds who had come to see the "Ice Wars" and all the myriad ice sculptures on display. Around every corner I found exquisitely detailed ice carvings some of which had only melted slightly from the day before. Indeed, the slight melting and refreezing of some of the sculptures that were created the day before caused lace-like patterns woven throughout the ice. This alone provided ample opportunity for some of the most interesting macro shots and closeup views.

Here's the blog entry contains just a sampling of what I saw that day.

© Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved. — MAP

© Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved. — MAP

Interesting striations caused by nightly melting and refreezing. — MAP
© Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved.

More striations caused by rapid refreezing. A combo of human and nature crafted work. —  MAP  © Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved.

More striations caused by rapid refreezing. A combo of human and nature crafted work. — MAP
© Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved.

An old fashioned 5 and 10 cent store. Yet another attraction for attendants of the ice festival that day. — MAP
© Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved.

Photo art rendering of an "ice angel" seen on one of the rooftops that day. — MAP
© Joseph Maas, 2016. All rights reserved.

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