In nearby Silverthorne, Colorado there is a Castle under-construction for the next few months. Many people are working on it day and night even though it is temporary. Right now when the temperature is cold the Castle grows, but in a few months when the warm wind blows the Castle will melt away.
What a wonderful sight this Castle is. Children and adults smile in appreciation of its wonder. The entire Castle is made only of ice. Ice and ice alone transforms into the shape of a magnificent site.
The Ice Castle is open daily. For more information please visit the Ice Castles Website. It's only 90 minutes from Metro Denver just off I-70 in Silverthorne. What a great place to visit this holiday season!
In the meantime, enjoy some of my photos taken last week.
Brian is associated with the Ice Castles. He demonstrated how the climb to the top. They wear spikes on their shoes, in fact he offered me the opportunity to use the spikes, but I declined.
They grow their own icicles on frames at ground level. Carefully the icicles are broken off and transported to the upper reaches of the castle. These icicles are then used as "rebar" to give a foundation to the growth of ice to come.
At night, lights are placed inside the tunnels of the castle. The light turns to a soft glow. The Twilight colors of the sunset also provide some wonderful colors against the ice.
Here you can see the beginnings of a wall. The process of adding the icicles to the level below, builds a new level. to the Castle. The process will continue through the winter months. By February the Castle should be 50-60 feet tall.
The star is actually a street light, shining through the Castle. By using F-22 on my camera, it formed a star.