PhotoPhun Challenge: Ice

For this week’s PhotoPhun Challenge, Lisa and Ree and I decided to shoot “Ice” as a subject. However, we would all have the same opportunities, as we would all be in the same place. We met up at Mill Hollow for Lorain County Metro Park’s Winter Days Festival. We are going to leave the three photos posted until Wednesday, and would like you to vote on which pic you believe is the best. The photos will remain unlabled during this time. So, all you folks that are out there and lurk here, even if you don’t use your real name, how about a comment or even a vote on one of the pics? I know you’re out there, because I see your visits on my sitemeter. Visits from HealthPartners, Nordson, Lorain Community College and NASA, Moen and Washington, D.C. Mountain View, California, Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, lots of you here in Lorain, and those few of you from Tazania, Hong Kong and Lima, Peru. If you don’t want to comment, all you have to do is “1”, “2” or “3”. “Top”, “Middle” or “Bottom”.  “First”, “Second” or “Third”.

Simple, right?

Uh, YEAH!

So, have at it. We need to hear what you think. And without further adieu, here are the Ice Pics!

Lisa and Ree have the same pics on their blogs, so if you’d like to go check just to make sure I ain’t fibbin’, take a look. Let us know what you think!!

 

Lorain County Metro Parks: Winter Days Festival

January 15, 11am-4pm
Vermilion River Reservation

Chase away the winter blues at Lorain County Metro Parks’ Winter Days Festival on January 15th from 11am to 4pm. Both high school culinary students and professional ice carvers will demonstrate their skills by transforming blocks of ice in masterpieces. Enjoy free sleigh rides, a sled dog team demonstration, an ice harvesting exhibit and video, Bacon House Museum tours, refreshments, and of course places to relax in our Carriage Barn by a roaring fire! Weather permitting, the sledding hill will also be open and snow sculptures are encouraged. You can also try out snowshoes at 2pm and 3pm. Preregistration is required for the snowshoe hikes. Call (440) 458-5121 to register. Bring the family to take advantage of this unique opportunity, get some exercise, and enjoy a winter weekend!

This Sunday’s PhotoPhun Challenge is “Ice”. Lisa, Ree and I have plans to be here this Saturday, taking pictures, everyone with the same photo ops. Sunday, we’ll post the pics, untagged (no names), and we’d like you to vote for which photo looks best. Better yet, come on out and join us! It’s a good time – there’s cookies and coffee and hot cocoa and fun things for the kids to do inside, with the fire blazing.

Metroparks Winter Days Festival – Day Two

What a difference a day makes!

Sunday dawned with a few more inches of snow, and the mercury a little higher on the thermometer. And that made it more comfortable for folks to attend the 2nd day of the Lorain County MetroParks Winter Days Festival at Mill Hollow. A good-sized line for horse-drawn sleigh rides, people watching the ice carving, folks petting the huskies before a sled demonstration, and getting warm by the fire inside with hot chocolate, coffee and cookies.

“Timber”, the husky, was looking for some lovin’ from this little lady, whose cheeks are pinker than her coat.

This lady and her grandkids were second in line for sleigh rides today.

And everyone wanted a chance to pet the horses in between rides.

Fortunately, there were 2 ice carvers today, and this swan was the result of the first demonstration.

The carver is just getting underway with the next sculpture.

Here, some detail is added to the fish,

and the finishing touch applied here.

A run with the huskies,

and then a breather for the dogs after a job well done.

Across the bridge at Bacon Woods,

there was lots of fun goin’ on!!

Miles of smiles,

a little nervousness,

and more than a few blood-curdling screams!!

After all was said and done, it was a great day at Mill Hollow. With everyone really involved with the many activities, I didn’t hear a soul complain about the cold. 

So, if you missed it this year, make it a point to attend next year. You’ll be glad you did!

Here’s some video of the carving of the Ice Swan: