Thursday, January 14, 2016

Watershed #24.1 Ice Sculptures

Part One --- Ice Sculptures:
The second weekend of January was a great time to get out and hike in the Door County area less than an hour north of the Gardens at Waters East.  It was relatively warm (34 F) with lots of sun and a great breeze to “kick up” the wave of Lake Michigan.

Four of us took off on a two mile hike along the western shores of the lake and we were rewarded with some spectacular scenes.  Because of the action of the waves and the spray flying up at times more than twenty feet, the rocky cliffs and the tress along the shore were covered in ice – the power of wind and water – beauty – nature’s art.  This was a hike that satisfied more than we could have imagined.

As always, I took way too many photos to put in one posting, so I have divided this into a two-part series.  It could be made it even larger since I have more than one-hundred and fifty pictures from this walk along the eastern cliffs of Door County.  Happy to share some of them with you.  Hope you enjoy walking with us today.


 one member of our hiking team
from Guatemala - a little colder here!

 water splashing up - forming sculptures

 patterns on a tree trunk

 rock cliffs are 25-30 feet hight
gives an idea of the hight of the waves

 someone flew South for the winter
can you blame him?

highbush cranberry

thick ice sculptures in the foreground are three feet tall

NOTE:  Every photo posted on this Blog is always taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East – except those under the heading “Watershed”.  The watershed is that area of surrounding land, water, and streams beyond the gardens that nurture the gardens and eventually, slowly move East where the waters find their way into Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.

The easy definition of a watershed is:  the area of land where all the water that is under it or drains off of it goes to a shared destination.  In the case of Gardens at Waters East. Lake Michigan is that destination.

Your comments are always welcome


  1. Wow, Jack! Ice on the branches, on beach and trunks. Amazing!
    Love your photos!

  2. What a find! Beauty in the ice. At least two are reminiscent of Cave Point and some look so much like in front of my house. But, I haven't crawled around on the ice there for years. Love it!

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