The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Ice Sculpture (Fourth Edition)

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Finally, I get to the last of my annual snow and ice posts with ice sculptures. Unlike the snow sculptures that you might see at a winter carnival, you see these frozen creations during all kinds of occasions. You see them at weddings, dinners, and other extravagant events due to their limited lifetime. Though the ice sculptures you normally see may only be carved from a single ice block. But the ones you can see at winter festivals can range from your single block ice creations to massive ice palaces. During the winter, you’ll find plenty of them on display for festivals and competitions all over the world. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of artistic ice creations. Enjoy.

  1. There are many ways to carve a drop.
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This one uses a number of ice blocks. Yet, it results in an amazing display under the lights.

2. An angel always looks graceful within the ice.

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Yet, the angel appears rather transparent. So she’s rather hard to see.

3. A princess will always join her prince.

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This is for a wedding. But notice neither wear crowns.

4. A harp plays sweet music.

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But you won’t get a sound from this one. Since it’s made from ice. Though it’s so pretty.

5. An icy nativity scene is perfect for the Christmas season.

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This one just consists of Mary and Joseph with Jesus. But you have to love the star on top.

6. Frozen butterflies look resplendent in the snow.

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Their wings may be transparent. Buy their grace and beauty are undeniable.

7. Care to sit at a fancy piano?

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This one has a rather intricate design. Even comes with its own frozen candelabra.

8. A musician can always play to the moon at night.

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This one place the flute. Yet, this ice sculpture is among the more abstract variety.

9. Nothing exudes more might than the majestic eagle.

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This eagle has a fish in its hand. So it can feed itself and its family, if it has one.

10. Bet you can’t walk in this shoe.

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Actually you can probably walk in an Adidas shoe just fine. But this one is certifiably frozen.

11. A frozen mermaid is an uncommon sight.

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Well, mermaids are often a common motif in ice sculpture. But when it comes to winter, they don’t come to mind.

12. A fox must pass its knowledge to the cub.

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I mean foxes have fluffy tails. Though I’m not sure if they swim.

13. If you like Beauty and the Beast, you might like this icy display.

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Though it’s not exactly what you’d see in the Disney movie. Then again, it may not be a perfect rendition of it.

14. Nobody could resist a frozen ducky.

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The ducky even rests on the waves. Guess this might be for a baby’s first birthday.

15. A diamond ring shimmers in the ice.

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Now this is definitely for a wedding. While it rests on a pillow that’s obviously too small.

16. 2 doves always meet at the heart.

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Yes, this is another wedding ice sculpture. But you have to love the heart on this.

17. “As shepherds watch their flocks by night…”

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This may be part of a nativity display. Yet, the shepherd holds a lamb in his arms.

18. A fish jumps out of the frozen water.

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Wonder if the fish will bite on a hook, If so, its days are over.

19. Would you like to come in?

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Sorry, but this is just an icy doorway. The kind you’d see on Elsa’s castle.

20. The cougar always crouches in the winter snow.

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Well, cougars go by a lot of different names if you know anything about sports mascots. Still, it looks amazing in ice.

21. This icy elephant is of mammoth proportions.

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Though elephant doesn’t seem like it would do well in snowy weather. Still, it’s really cool.

22. Hope you can brave yourself against the dreaded dragon.

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This one even has weapons. So you better watch out and hope you get out alive.

23. An icy goalie isn’t one to be messed with.

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The goalie even has his own net behind him. Though he’s frozen as he catches the puck.

24. A serpent dragon can wreak a fiery blaze.

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This is a Chinese style dragon. Though frozen, it’s an iconic image in Chinese lore.

25. Would you want to ride on a frozen motorcycle?

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This is from an exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. And no, you can’t ride it. Since it’s made from ice.

26. Perhaps this frozen Buddha would enlighten you.

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I’m sure this was featured at the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. Though he wears a rather elaborate hat.

27. This ice sculpture appears licensed to kill.

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You can guess this was for a James Bond themed New Year’s party. So someone wanted to welcome the new year with a bang.

28. In love, 2 hearts beat as one.

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These interlocking hearts are for weddings. Yet, it sends such a touching statement, doesn’t it?

29. With his sword, the king exudes his power.

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Wonder if he’s supposed to be King Arthur or any other legendary figure. While he stands in front of an ice castle.

30. You’ll find a small table under an elaborate arch.

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Seems like something straight out of a fantasy. There are even flowers and leaves on top.

31. You’d think an ice like this was from prehistoric times.

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This is a T-Rex ice sculpture. Perfect for any party at Jurassic Park, which I wouldn’t recommend for obvious reasons.

32. Didn’t know a boat can sail in frozen waters.

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This is a lateen-rigged ship which is easier to navigate. Though this seems more like a yacht than a wooden ship.

33. A boy shares some ice cream with his dog.

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Let’s just hope that it’s not chocolate ice cream. Because chocolate is poison to dogs.

34. Harry Potter flies away from three-headed dog.

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Of course, this scene wasn’t in the first Harry Potter book. But it’s a rather iconic image.

35. At weddings, two rings interlock.

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Yes, this is another wedding ice sculpture. You can guess the one with the diamond belongs to the bride.

36. A Inuit has come across some creatures.

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Though I’d leave once I’d see a bear. And yes, it’s intended to be an Arctic scene.

37. The bear stands on an icy ledge.

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Here the grizzly tries to catch a salmon. While a bare tree stands behind.

38. The merman always tends to the fish.

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You can see he’s supposed to be under the sea. Yet, he’s frozen in ice.

39. An icy phoenix rises out of the ashes.

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And like a rose, it exists only temporary. But instead of wilting, it melts.

40. Have you heard the call of  frozen elk?

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It’s even lit in blue to show emphasis. Still, you have to love the antlers.

41. Want anything from McDonald’s?

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Seems healthier than what McDonald’s actually makes. Mostly because it’s made out of ice.

42. That’s no moon. It’s a space station.

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Best you hope this isn’t operational. But it’s capable of blowing up Alderaan.

43. A centaur joins woodland creatures for tea.

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Here he pours for the rabbit and squirrel. Though he might aim wrong.

44. All aboard on the Ice Train Express.

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This train engine chugs through the snow. While it’s lit with pink and blue from below.

45. Are you in the mood for comedy or tragedy?

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This must be massive since it takes up many ice blocks. All to salute the theater.

46. Perhaps you’d like to see Africa on ice.

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This one has ice renditions of animals from the African savannah. While you won’t find much ice in Africa.

47. Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams.

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This one has a Native American running towards a dream catcher. While an eagle stands proud on top.

48. Inside this bottle, you’ll find a huge ship.

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This looks quite clever. Though you have to wonder how they got the boat in the bottle.

49. You’d be pressed to go west.

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This won 1st prize at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. And yes, it’s a tribute to westward expansion in the United States.

50. “It is your destiny.”

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Here we have Luke Skywalker confronting Darth Vader. Though I’m not sure which Star Wars movie this is from.

51. Didn’t know they had Batman on ice.

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Well, an ice sculpture of Batman, anyway. But unlike the Dark Knight of Gotham, he will melt.

52. Queen Elsa assumes her icy glory.

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I had to include at least one ice sculpture from Frozen. Since Queen Elsa has ice powers.

53. The horse moves wood up the hill.

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This is from a winter festival in Japan. But that horse is surely sturdy.

54. This little penguin has taken to alpine skiing.

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Though I’m not sure where it could ski in the Antarctic. But it’s quite cute.

55. You’d swear this was a celebration of love.

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In a way, it kind of is. But it’s too intricate for a wedding as you can see.

56. Would you like anything from the bar?

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It’s a barrel bar on ice. And yes, it seems you can actually gets drinks from there.

57. You know this rose is under a spell.

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This is the ice rendition of the rose from Beauty and the Beast. Thankfully, the flower is fake.

58. Should he follow the eagle or the deer?

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This one seems to have a Native American on some sort of vision quest. And he’s not sure what animal he should go with.

59. Perhaps you might want to listen to some music.

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This is an ice phonograph. But don’t play any records on it since you can see it doesn’t have much inside.

60. The nutcracker always stands at attention.

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Though you’re more familiar with the ballet by this guy’s name. Yet, you can’t actually crack nuts with it since it’s made of ice.

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The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Snow Sculpture (Fourth Edition)

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Next in my snow and ice posts this year is snow sculpture. While snowmen may technically count, it’s quite a specialized designation. Besides, the snow sculptures I usually put on are way more intricate. Nonetheless, in the winter months, some places have winter festivals where artists carve these snowy wonders. Carved from a single block of snow weighing as much as 20-30 tons, these snow creations grace these winter carnivals where they’re cold enough to stand. Some can be rather small. While some can be as tall as a building. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of enchanted winter wonders. Enjoy.

  1. It’s perfect weather for horseback riding.
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Okay, it’s not. But this guy on a horse is utterly amazing.

2. X-wing always beats TIE.

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These are craft from Star Wars. And you guess the TIE has been blasted apart.\

3. Hope you feel at home near these stately homes.

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You’d almost think it’s a whole neighborhood. And in a way, it kind of is.

4. Wonder what’s inside this ball.

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It has other balls inside. Not sure how that could be pulled off.

5. Try to marvel at 3 deer passing you by.

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Wonder if this is a scene from mythology. If so, I wouldn’t be surprise. Nonetheless, the deer look so majestic.

6. You can’t separate these 2 bears.

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Almost seems like they’re reflecting each other. Let’s hope they’re not doing anything too inappropriate here.

7. There’s always time to see the world.

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This one has a globe on a watch with wings. Not sure what it means.

8. Mounted horsemen always look dashing.

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You can see they’re mounted archers. Because bows and arrows are range weapons that can kill people at great distances.

9. The hollow sun shines between 2 trees.

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Kind of resembles vortex. While a giant bird flies from one tree to another.

10. You’ll feel sweet serenity at any Asian temple or shrine.

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You can’t go in it. But you can see it night thanks to the lights which emphasize its architectural features.

11. Moai be singing on this street.

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They’re the big statues on Easter Island. Yet, here they have the makings of a barbershop quartet.

12. What does that bird have in its beak?

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Looks like a metal button or something. Still, you have to love the detail on the bird’s beak.

13. You never know what you’ll find in the forest at night.

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This more stylized than the other sculptures so far. Yet, the woman sits on the moon while the wind blows through her hair.

14. The tree branches were all bare.

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This is from Lithuania. Yet, all the branches seem to fit together.

15. Who’s burning in the snowy fire?

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Because it surely seems like a few people are. For I can see their faces.

16. Ever see a dolphin on the snow?

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Indeed, dolphins are marine mammals. But it’s nonetheless cute.

17. Anyone would love this snow sculpture of Charlie Brown.

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Unlike some of the other sculptures, this Charlie Brown is spray painted. Perfect for the holidays.

18. Winter wildlife is always amazing to look at.

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This one consists of an elk and a baby. But you got to love those antlers.

19. Best you stay away from the traffic light.

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He just had to lick the pole didn’t he. Meanwhile his dog is trying to get him away.

20. Here we find a dog and her pups.

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This one has the dog strung out on the log. While her pups are underneath.

21. Snoopy passes the puck.

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Yet, Snoopy doesn’t seem too enthusiastic about the game. While Woodstock drives a Zamboni.

22. There’s always time for fun in the winter.

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Someone is even doing a one hand stand. While their friend holds them for support.

23. Make way for the train.

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You can see it loading right now. Though you wouldn’t want to come aboard.

24. Is that an octopus in the snow?

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Yes, it’s a snow octopus. But you won’t find it underwater.

25. The snow whales are quite majestic, aren’t they?

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There’s even a seal at the front. But these whales glide over the coral wreath.

26. The yeti must be rising.

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Though I’m sure one wouldn’t be that big. If it existed in the Himalayas.

27. This giant fish has a wide mouth.

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Yet, I’m not sure if its features are in proportion. Yet, the detail is amazing.

28. These dolphins always swim together.

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Actually they seem to dive into the waves. Still, you can’t help but admire it.

29. A child always rises on the parents’ shoulders.

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I think this might be a Chinese farming family. You can even see the animals behind the people.

30. Are those fingers or trees?

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Guess it must be one of those abstract pieces. Nonetheless, it looks quite strange.

31. Here we come to a prehistoric struggle.

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You’d think it’s a scene straight out of Jurassic Park. Now in the likeness of snow.

32. Beware of the faceless figures.

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That has to be kind freaky. Wonder if they’re Dementors or wraiths.

33. This bear hugs a wooden pole.

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I know it’s white like a polar bear. But its features resemble a grizzly.

34. An intimidating bear stands on the large rock.

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Seems like it’s meant to denote a 40th anniversary. Not sure for what.

35. A lizard rides the waves.

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Sure it’s not quite wintry. But nonetheless, it’s rather charming and awe inspiring.

36. You’d swear you’d find hoplite snowmen in this horse.

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Since it’s a snowy Trojan Horse. So beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

37. Never thought I’d see elephants in the snow.

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This is an elephant mother and baby. They’re African. But they’re adorable.

38. Care to come in?

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Seems to resemble a hobbit hole from the Shire. But it could just as easily be a very cozy igloo.

39. The Arctic tundra can be a treacherous place.

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This one has Inuit rescuing their companions on the ice. While the ice has broken.

40. That’s an interesting way to arrange books.

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These books are squished together on a shelf. I know it kind of resembles an accordion. But it’s not.

41. Don’t want to step on this Lego brick.

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Though I’m not sure how it’s possible. Because the brick is undeniably massively.

42. Perhaps you might want to help one of these topless women.

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Yet, you have to wonder why they’re not wearing coats. Also, two have bowls on their heads and they aren’t using their hands to support them.

43. The boat is just right outside.

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The house is in an Asian style. While the boat may be used for fishing. So pretty.

44. The Calaca stands out in the winter snow.

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This is a skull you see around Dia de los Muertos. Sure it’s not the time for it. But it works.

45. A small child plays with his little toy.

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Though the kid looks incredibly large. While the toy resembles a boat on wheels.

46. Nothing beats playing under the flowers.

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The flowers appear quite large. While the kids and animals look rather small.

47. Satan rises from his fiery lair in Hell.

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You can see the skull and flames. While the Devil has horns on his head. Then again, this might be from a different mythology since it’s in China.

48. A majestic owl dominates the night.

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Yet, you find a family of bears and other creatures underneath the owl’s wings. Wonder if this is a tribute to North American wildlife. But I could be wrong.

49. You’ll find a Viking ship on the north seas.

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Though I wouldn’t want to be on the long boat. No wonder they raid villages once they land.

50. Wonder where those snow horses came from.

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These horses appeared to jump from the wall. Hope they don’t cause too much damage.

51. Are you in the mood for a frozen treat?

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Since it resembles a rather tasty ice cream dessert on top. Though the bottom doesn’t look like a cone or bowl.

52. Kids always look forward to the festivities.

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I guess this is for Chinese New Year. For I see a large Chinese lantern in the background.

53. A warrior woman always looks badass from a tree.

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Kind of reminds me of an Amazon. Though she could certainly put a shirt on. Since it’s cold outside.

54. An eagle warrior captivates at the campfire.

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Then again, that looks more like a bird. Wonder if this is from Native American mythology.

55. A burning torch lights up the world.

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You can see it’s held by 2 hands. Though the flame will melt if near a real fire.

56. An eagle flies triumphant into a ring.

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You have to admire its spectacular wings. while its talons perch onto the ring and into the snow.

57. A cowboy naps against a cactus.

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I know this is a desert scene where you don’t see any snow. But it’s quite spectacular for a winter carnival.

58. Feel free to make yourself at this hobbit home.

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Well, it’s not as cozy as the real thing. But it’s close enough.

59. These polar bears are just taking it easy.

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Despite that climate changes threatens their very existence. While a penguin serves them. Wait a minute, polar bears and penguins don’t live in the same area.

60. Now here’s a nativity scene you can get inside.

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Well, I see the wise men and the animals. So I guess the stable is quite crowded for Christmas.

Frosty the Snowman and All His Friends (Fourth Edition)

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Now that I have my Christmas posts out of the way, I get into the snow and ice posts. Mostly since they don’t have to apply to Christmas specifically but winter in general. Though the pictures for these posts are usually in my Christmas folder in my pic files. Anyway, despite that today is the first day of winter, there’s not a lot of snow outside my window. Rain, yes. But not snow. Though if it gets cold enough the water on the ground will turn to ice and make driving quite dangerous. Anyway, if the snow has been around for awhile, kids and many adults might want to build snowmen. The standard version usually has 3 snowballs of various sides put together with stick arms, coal buttons and eyes, and a button or carrot nose. While the figure may wear a scarf and hat. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of unique snowmen to lighten your cold winter day.

  1. So what if you can’t watch TV outside?
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Here he is watching from his deck. I’m sure the TV is a piece of junk since we know what precipitation can have on electronics.

2. Quick, there’s a snowman with a gun! Run for your life!

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And the snowman has had a few rounds fired into him. While he’s holding a beer. Guess he’s been drunk.

3. “I now pronounce you snowman and wife.”

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I mean they’re a snowman wedding couple. Bride even has a veil and towel on her head.

4. This snowman hails straight from Appalachia.

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Appalachia is supposed to be a college by the way. Though you have to love that hat.

5. Guess we have a hit and run on Oak Street.

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This is supposed to be a snowman run over by a car. And yes, he’s decapitated in front of a parent and child.

6. What the hell is he eating?

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I think he’s devouring a raccoon. And yes, it’s utterly disgusting.

7. You’d swear their eyes glow in the snow.

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Not sure what they use in those yes. But the effect is quite eerie.

8. Never thought I’d see a snow camel before.

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Because camels are desert animals. Yet, the camel dons a scarf around its neck.

9. Seems like we got quite a crowd.

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Some even wear pails as hats. Others use branches from evergreen trees for hair.

10. Apparently, it’s supposed to rain today.

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Though I wouldn’t be in the middle of the street if I were him. Though he always comes prepared.

11. This guy seems unusually fruity.

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Since they use fruit for the facial features. Still, the tie is quite tacky.

12. The roads can use a good sweeping.

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Here’s a mother and daughter with leaves in their hair. The mom carries a broom.

13. This babushka wishes you stay awhile.

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She’s wearing a fancy skirt and carries a broom in hand. But please don’t mess with her.

14. Perhaps you’d like to wish this Indian snow bride well on her wedding day.

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Since Indian women usually wear red when they get married. Though she doesn’t even have henna on her hands.

15. Look out! It’s the big bad wolf!

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He’s killed a couple of snowmen already Get inside before he gets you.

16. These snowmen have come out to protest.

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They’re calling for the troops in Iraq to come home. So it’s from about a decade ago.

17. Didn’t know you could build a snowman on the beach.

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Actually he’s more of a sandman than a snowman. Because there’s no snow where he’s at.

18. He’s just relaxing during a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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He’s got his drink and lying on his lawn chair. So don’t mind him.

19. Is that a pole sticking from his chest?

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It’s kind of gruesome snowman picture. Like he had something stabbed through his chest.

20. There are a couple of Arabs in the truck bed.

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The snowman is a sheik. While you can barely see his wife’s face due to her veil.

21. She’s just in town on a shopping trip.

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She has grass on her head near her beret. Though her shopping bag is quite small.

22. You’d think this snowy fox is off the wagon.

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Since the fox is carrying a bottle of booze. So it’s best you stay away from him.

23. There’s a polar bear in the tree.

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This seems to more likely resemble a clump of snow with eyes and nose. But it’s quite adorable.

24. Want to see a couple of handstands.

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You can see the snow kids standing upside down with their boots in the air. While the snow dad looks on.

25. There’s been a murder. Death by snow shovel.

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There’s even a chalk outline of a snowman on the ground. While the snow cop has a snow star badge.

26. Want to sit near this huge teddy bear?

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Yes, this is a giant snow bear. Though I think it should have a thicker scarf.

27. “Hey, why did you go through Charlie?”

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Well, the kid was sledding. Still, it’s quite a gruesome scene for winter.

28. Would you stop by to see this bear?

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It has a present in its arms and a bucket to put money in. Still, it’s quite cute.

29. Seems like this guy has his nose in something.

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He seems like he’s lounging around with a drink. Still, his fedora is incredibly tacky.

30. This snow woman is looking forward to spring.

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Yet, she should want winter to last as long as possible. Mostly because when spring comes, she’s gone.

31. You need not disturb a snow lady in the shower.

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Her arms consist of a shower head and bathing brush. Also, is the snow below supposed to be bubbles?

32. You’d swear it’s getting hot for these 2.

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Since the snow woman is wearing a bikini. While the snowman lies around to gaze at her figure.

33. Could you spare some change for a poor snowman?

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He even has a cup out for the money. Every little bit helps.

34. Anyone would want to pet this snow cat.

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This one Seems quite simple. But the cat has dark, soulless eyes.

35. Jesus, that snowman eats people!

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I’m sure that’s actually a dummy. But certainly looks scary from this angle.

36. Bet you’ve never seen a snow panda before.

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This is from Japan after a snowfall, by the way. Nonetheless, it’s quite adorable.

37. You’d swear this snow lady was a work of art.

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She’s supposed to be a mermaid. Like the Copenhagen mermaid statue in Denmark.

38. This snowman always enjoys a day in the park.

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Here the snowman goes down on the slide. Wheee!

39. This snowman thinks it’s snowed too soon.

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Yes, that snowman isn’t quite happy. Neither is that kid beside him.

40. Oh my God, it’s Harry Potter!

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Indeed, he’s the Snowboy who lived. While his wand is just a regular stick.

41. This fellow prefers to ride on the roof.

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Since this snowman was made on the roof of this car. Not sure if it’ll survive the trip though.

42. BB8 is at your service.

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He’s that cute little droid from the new Star Wars series. And since he’s round, he makes a rather cute snowman.

43. This snow person dreams of Hawaiian sun.

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This one even has coconut shells, leis, and a hula skirt. Too bad Hawaii doesn’t have good weather for snow.

44. Seems like this snow caterpillar is worming its way through.

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Took a lot of snowballs to make this one. While it’s spray painted green with glowing antennas.

45. Someone is in a melting mood today.

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This one even has an umbrella in the snow. But it will soon melt someday.

46. This rustic couple always stays together.

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They’re wearing straw hats and old clothes. But while he has a stick she has an umbrella.

47. This snowman has his own digs.

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Well, he has a rather simple home. Though the price looks quite steep.

48. Perhaps it’s best to sit down for awhile.

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This snowman sits on the bench. Too bad he can’t smell the flowers. Since it’s winter.

49. This little dog loves to play in the snow.

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Okay, the little dog is made out of snow. But it should delight anyone on a cold wintry day.

50. “You seek Snoda.”

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Skilled with fighting stick, he is. But do or do not. There is no try.

51. This snowman acts as if he’s at the beach.

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Here he’s lounging on his lawn chair. Like the bucket and shovel.

52. “Oppa Snowman Style.”

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It’s from that “Gangnam Style” video. And yes, the guy’s dressed up like the snowman next to him.

53. This snow person is totally lovestruck.

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Guess this is for Valentine’s Day. Now that’s a long way away.

54. This snowman would like to make a collect call.

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Still, nobody uses phone booths anymore. Since we all use smart phones that we keep in our pockets or bags.

55. Want to go bowling?

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Though these snowmen use their heads as the ball. Kind of freaky if you ask me.

56. Snowmen have to wait in line just like the rest of us.

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Here he is sitting on the bench reading the paper. Just like a normal guy on his way to the office.

57. “Repent! Spring is Nigh!”

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This one makes fun of religious fanatics obsessed with the coming apocalypse. But for snowfolk, spring is very much the end.

58. You’d be blessed to have this snow couple around.

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I think the snowman is supposed to be an Orthodox priest. And yes, they can get married, by the way.

59. Bet you’ve never seen a snow tiger before.

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It’s even taller than the snowman. While it’s covered in spray paint.

60. Some guys will gawk at this snow woman.

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Since she’s supposed to be a bombshell bathing beauty. Guaranteed to stop traffic.

 

The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Ice Sculpture (Third Edition)

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Now it’s on to ice sculpture. You might see plenty of these at special events at least at the small scale. But large ice sculptures exist as well as you see above with the ice buildings in Harbin’s International Ice and Snow Festival in China. It has increased in size over the years and has involved talented artists all over the world with more impressive techniques and pieces to show. But you have other events associated with ice sculptures as well. In the United States, you have the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska which attracts nearly 100 sculptors from around the world each year to carve ice blocks in front of 45,000 spectators. In Canada, there’s the Quebec City Winter Carnival which is regarded as one of the best in the world. And in Japan, we have the Sapporo Winter Carnival. In a small Swedish village, there’s an ice hotel that’s reconstructed each year. Anyway, for your reading pleasure, I give you another treasury of ice creations. Enjoy.

  1. An ice antelope can always seem majestic.

Yes, an antelope may resemble a deer. But it has horns which stay on a male for life.

2. This angel wishes all peace on earth and good will toward men.

I guess this is for Christmas. Because angels are usually seen as yuletide motifs for the holidays.

3. Seems like we have an ice statue of Santa or some wizard.

Actually this is supposed to be Dede Moroz or Grandfather Frost. He’s basically the Russian equivalent to Santa by the way.

4. How about a couple of flying fish on ice?

Yes, these animals exist by the way. Though strange, this pair looks quite graceful.

5. A harp still needs played even if it’s falling apart.

Well, there’s strings coming off it. But the guy still keeps strumming along.

6. You’d almost think this mask was a real face.

Okay, it’s an ice mask. But you have to admire the artistry on the features.

7. Bet you’ve never seen an ice ship like this before.

Well, it’s a wooden ship made out of ice. It may look awesome but you wouldn’t want to be on one.

8. Try sitting on this ice bench.

Though it may look stunning, sitting on it will give you a wet ass. Because ice is basically frozen water.

9. Surely you’d be impressed by this lovely ice ballerina.

Includes a violin and harp. Wonder if this is for a party or something. Lovely.

10. You might be enchanted by this ice fish.

This takes the notion of a frozen fish to a whole new level. But an ice fish like this is only meant for decoration.

11. Anyone from Mexico might delight in this ice display.

I’m sure this wasn’t carved in Mexico. But the image is on the Mexican flag. The eagle with the snake is based on Aztec legend.

12. Care for some tiki fun on ice?

Consists of palm trees and tiki statues. By the way, tiki statues are seen as religious icons in Polynesian culture.

13. Perhaps you might like this fancy ice parasol.

It’s made in a ice lace pattern. Still, looks incredibly delicate that you wouldn’t want to touch it.

14. Anyone would think this ice castle is magical in a fairy tale.

Yes, this is indeed amazing. And it’s lit in a wide array of colors.

15. Even sea monsters need to find love once in awhile.

Yes, this is indeed touching when you look at it. And you can’t help but love these sea monsters nuzzling each other.

16. This set of wheels is entirely frozen.

This is a car made almost entirely of ice. And it’s one you’d imagine Queen Elsa driving around in her kingdom.

17. You’ll see unicorns charging out of this ice ball.

Seems like something you’d see on top of a building. But it’s stunning nonetheless.

18. Seems like there’s a train coming around the corner.

Well, it’s a train coming out of a tunnel. And even the smoke on this is frozen solid ice.

19. Come see a knight in shining armor slay the dreaded dragon.

Yes, it’s quite stunning and dramatic. But I’m sure many of you have seen such scenes before.

20. What ice festival wouldn’t be without a couple of penguins?

They’re even surrounded by a wall of ice. But in Antarctica, they’re usually huddled around open ice.

21. You can even have a majestic Greek god encased in ice.

Not sure which one of the gods it’s supposed to be. But he looks fabulous among the columns.

22. Gaze upon this Chinese lion.

This is said to be by Ai Wewei. He’s a controversial artist in China since he’s not cool with politics there.

23. You can’t see anything more graceful than an icy mermaid.

Though she seems to have a rather weird fish tail. Nevertheless, it’s quite lovely.

24. Hang the American flag proud on this bald eagle in ice.

Well, it’s an eagle along with the guys who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. A quality American ice sculpture if there ever was one.

25. The centaur can always strum her harp.

In Greek mythology, centaurs were all guys. Just so you know. Still, this is pretty.

26. Sometimes flying on a bird puts you over the moon.

The bird’s wings are spread out in the likeness of the crescent moon. And the woman’s hair is swept up.

27. Bet you’d shudder around this ferocious shark.

Yes, that’s an ice shark. And yes, it looks quite awesome to many, particularly Jaws fans.

28. A mounted archer can always strike at any moment.

Sure arrows may not be as bad as bullets. But being shot by one can be a real pain in the ass. Or possibly kill you.

29. Seems like the mast on this ship has sprouted branches.

Yes, it seems quite unusual. But you get a lot of pieces like this at art festivals, especially if it pertains to ice.

30. Of course, you can’t express love without a couple of flamingos.

However, flamingos can sometimes change mates if there are plenty available. But at least these frozen birds aren’t of the tacky garden variety.

31. Sometimes a goat can leap over great things.

To be fair, goats aren’t seen as attractive creatures. But this looks pretty cool.

32. Perhaps this icy parrot will suit your fancy.

This is for a party, I guess. Though the parrot certainly stands out in the ice.

33. Everyone’s got to love a couple of dancing penguins.

One of them even wears a tuxedo with a bow tie. So adorable.

34. Care to build a snowman on ice?

So this is an ice snowman. Would that make him an ice man? Perhaps we’ll never know.

35. There’s no bones about this dino ice skeleton.

This is from a snow and ice event in Latvia. And I’m positive that’s probably a T-Rex skeleton on ice.

36. An ice dragon looks stunning during the night.

Of course, it’s lit up as many of these ice sculptures are. But it’s nonetheless spectacular.

37. Might want to check out the slopes sometime this winter.

This is an ice ski slope with trees, snow, and skiers. And yes, it’s supported by ice columns.

38. Anyone would want these herald angels singing on Christmas.

Well, these two angels are suited for Christmas displays. One has a horn. The other has a dove.

39. An ice display can leave so much in the rich details.

This is from Fairbanks, Alaska. And yes, it certainly depicts the kind of winter wonderland even Queen Elsa couldn’t dream of.

40. At weddings, an icy heart carriage might be a sure bet.

Well, a heart carriage can symbolize love. But an icy heart isn’t what you’d want in a spouse. Still, this is incredibly beautiful.

41. Sometimes a bird must be set free when it learns to fly.

This one has a centaur as well as flames in the back. It’s from either China or Japan. Not sure where.

42. I’m sure nobody has ever seen an ice tower like this before.

This is from the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. And it’s supposed to be the world’s tallest ice tower. Because everything has to be big in China.

43. An icy skyscraper always looks better in lights.

This is supposed to be China’s largest bank by the way. And yes, it’s surely spectacular.

44. You’d swear you’ve never seen an ice palace like this before.

Actually that’s an ice replica of Haigia Sophia which is in Istanbul, Turkey. But it’s nonetheless stunning to see in lights.

45. I guess let the best bird win in this contest.

Yes, it’s another eagle ice sculpture. Because they’re majestic, fierce, and elegant to behold even in a fight.

46. A dancer always seems like a swan on the ice.

This is from a winter festival in Lake Louise Canada. And yes, she certainly has great form.

47. Whoever’s down will be raised once more.

Particularly by a bigger and stronger guy apparently. Though it kind of seems like an abduction to me.

48. How about a round on an icy carousel?

This one has animals and people all over it. Still, it’s spectacularly amazing.

49. Seems like this cat can’t reach the bird in the birdbath.

Guess someone doesn’t exercise some self control. Still, keep your cat indoors since they can kill birds outside.

50. Perhaps you might want a pool table in your ice basement.

Yes, this is an ice pool table. And it seems like you can play pool on it on cold days.

51. At night you can see a wolf howling at the moon.

Okay, this might not be true. But you have to love the moon and stars on this one.

52. An ice jaguar sports a certain elegance in its spots.

Yes, it surely seems like something you’d see in a photo. And it’s certainly fierce as it’s beautiful.

53. Some may want to ride on a majestic bird if they could.

Though this might depict a woman fighting with a vulture. Still, it’s quite stunning to look at.

54. Perhaps you want to prepare for the Winter Olympics.

Unless you’re Russia of course. Because of excessive doping. Still, this was probably made for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver back in 2010.

55. Just try balancing an umbrella on your feet for once.

That seems like next to impossible. But somehow someone can pull this off in an ice sculpture.

56. In this day in age you might want to go with this ice smart phone.

Of course, you can’t really use this since it’s made of ice. But it surely seems high tech.

57. In case you must answer the call of nature, we have this for you.

Yes, it’s an ice sculpture of a toilet. So unless you want people to see what you crapped, I suggest you not use it.

58. Amazing how an angel can catch a star from the sky.

Though she certainly seems to make it all look easy. Also, love her graceful folding wings.

59. Of course, I couldn’t leave out an ice nativity scene for the holiday season.

Sure this one may have columns instead of a barn. But it’s nonetheless heavenly for such a holy day like Christmas.

60. Every ice festival always needs a gigantic palace.

This is from the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. And yes, it’s a magnificent with a bright purple roof. Love it.

The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Snow Sculpture (Third Edition)

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Now it’s on to the snow sculpture. Though a snowman is the most famous example of one, there are plenty winter carnivals in the world where you’ll see amazing things you can do with snow. Of course, you need a lot of it which you don’t usually have in southwestern Pennsylvania. But in the United States, you’ll find plenty of snow sculptures at winter festivals in the Midwest and around the Rocky Mountains. The most famous among these is the Breckinridge International Snow Sculpture Championships in Colorado. Canada also hosts many as well with their best known being the Quebec City Winter Carnival. However, the most prolific winter art event is the Harbin International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in China, which is the largest of its kind in the world. But Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival also has plenty of ornate buildings of snow that make Queen Elsa’s mountain castle seem like child’s play. Anyway, for your reading pleasure, I give you another assortment of wondrous snow sculptures.

  1. Perhaps you want to stay safe and warm in this teepee.

Well, it’s made of snow. But it certainly seems like a cozy place to spend the night.

2. These polar bears are just relaxing on a fishing trip.

Despite that fish is a major staple in their diet. And they often use their claws to catch food.

3. You can easily marvel at this mechanical creation.

Sure it doesn’t literally work. But it’s quite detailed in the snow as you can see.

4. Even in winter, you can always ride the waves.

Okay, this is in Colorado during winter. But when it comes to snow creations, you can always use your imagination.

5. Winter is always the season for snowboarding.

Well, that’s more like something you’d see for a winter carnival. Though you’d kind of wish he had a helmet on.

6. Seeing these snow children is difficult to resist.

This is from Harbin in China by the way. But they’re nevertheless adorable to behold.

7. It’s never too cold for this fire breathing dragon.

Yes, it certainly looks impressive. Seems like it’s blowing through something right now.

8. Anyone from Scandinavia could marvel at this Viking head.

Of course, Vikings didn’t wear helmets in their everyday lives. But you have to awe at this Norse creation.

9. Never thought I’d see a turtle in the snow.

Because turtles don’t usually function in cold weather. But this guy seems pretty happy in its shell.

10. Elsa would be green with envy over this snow palace.

This is undoubtedly from China or Japan. But it’s nonetheless a magnificent sight.

11. This seems to be quite the roller coaster ride.

Okay, maybe not since there’s not much of a track. But the tiny snow people seem like they’re having a good time.

12. You might want to check out this snow mammoth.

Sure they may be extinct. But from what this sculpture depicts, a mammoth must’ve looked spectacular.

13. Didn’t know you can see Quetzalcoatl during a snow festival.

He’s the Mesoamerican feathered serpent, you know. And he just wants to say hello from his fire.

14. This snow dog sees its own reflection.

I’m not sure if the frame holds a mirror or not. Perhaps we’ll never know. But it certainly looks amazing.

15. Care to stay in this snowy home?

Yes, it’s another Japanese palace. Though it certainly stands out in lights at night.

16. You might come across some blossoms in the snow.

These lovely roses are from a winter festival in Japan. The detail on this is especially intricate.

17. Get a load on this giant walrus.

Someone could even stand on top of it. But those tusks are noticeably awesome.

18. A mighty eagle always stands tall with its catch.

Well, someone seems proud of itself. And the fish seems quite long.

19. Who’d thought a gorilla can be such a gentle creature?

Actually, those who study them do when you don’t piss them off. But it’s quite sweet to see this guy with a butterfly.

20. Get a glimpse of this spectacular war bonnet.

Though just to be clear, if you’re not a Plains Native American, you shouldn’t wear a warbonnet. Because that’s just straight up cultural appropriation.

21. It’s almost as if you found this mermaid on the beach.

But she’s lying in snow. Yeah, I know it’s kind of weird. Still, use your imagination.

22. Perhaps a polar bear might want a Coke.

Well, polar bears have appeared in Coca Cola commercials. So this isn’t far fetched.

23. Didn’t know mammoths would play ball in the snow.

Of course, they wouldn’t. But it’s quite amazing that it won a prize in a contest.

24. Guess someone has to blow their long horn.

This is from a 1951 winter festival. Yes, some of these events are that old.

25. Seems like the Big Bad Wolf hasn’t gotten to grandma yet.

Funny, how they don’t show the wolf dressed as the grandma in this display. Still, an awesome fairytale depiction in snow.

26. You’ll find all these otters gathered in one place.

Because otters are just brimming with cuteness. So why not make a whole snow family of them?

27. Prepared to be amazed with this spectacular snow castle.

This one would make Queen Elsa completely envious. And yes, it’s pure fairy tale magic.

28. This snow maiden could bring music to anyone’s ears.

She plays a large flute in the snow. I suppose her music is the sound of the winter winds.

29. I’m sure you’ll find this Japanese castle impressive.

Yes, it’s another East Asian styled castle. But you have to admire the roof on this.

30. You find the eagle and the wolf in union with the sun.

This is from Quebec and in a Native American style. Not sure what tribe or myth this is from though.

31. Nobody wants to run into a big fish.

Unfortunately, this guy wasn’t so lucky. Yet, this sculpture is clearly a masterpiece.

32. A snow elephant always stands tall.

Didn’t think I’d see one in the snow before. Because elephants usually live in warmer climates.

33. Nobody should miss these lovely snowbirds.

There’s a certain style to them. As if their wings consisted of lovely white fans.

34. There’s something sacred about this snowy shrine.

Well, it certainly seems like it to me. But it’s nonetheless stunning on this snowy landscape.

35. You can always use some Disney magic at any winter festival.

As you can see, this is a Disney themed snow sculpture. Includes key Disney characters and Cinderella’s castle.

36. You’ll find these two in front of a large butterfly.

I think these must be Shinto gods from Japanese mythology. Not sure what their names are though.

37. A horse can always look majestic in the snow.

Seems like it rises from the snow almost as if it’s part of it. And it has a rather amazing mane.

38. Seems like someone’s awfully close to a dragon.

Though to be fair, Asian dragons aren’t like their European counterparts. They’re more like sages than straight up villains. But nonetheless fierce.

39. Snowflakes come in all kinds of sizes.

And these are only the pretty ones you want to see. The biggest snowflakes are in the White House and the US Capitol.

40. You’ll find plenty of majestic geese flying in the sky.

Well, this is an artistic scene of a flock of birds flying. And yes, it’s certainly a masterpiece.

41. Everything seems to be under this large umbrella.

Sure it may not protect people and buildings from the rain. But you have to appreciate the artistry on here.

42. The world of dinosaurs was an especially brutal one.

Has a T-Rex attacking a Triceratops. However, if you see enough nature shows, predators usually go after the young, old, and sick for easy pickings.

43. Sometimes it takes a large stone gate.

This is a Japanese structure as far as I know. Yet, it’s nevertheless magnificent.

44. A face has become obscured among the leaves.

Though you’d be hard pressed to see. But yes, sometimes you can see sculptures like this at these winter events.

45. Elephants always have to stay together.

And I’m sure the adults are both females. Because elephant males usually hang out alone or in small groups.

46. Butterflies are beautiful on all sides.

I think there might be more than one butterfly here. But it’s quite a lovely sight in the snow.

47. Nothing pleases the soul like hanging around the fountain.

This one has children hanging around. Though the fountain is quite lovely.

48. You’d swear this giant could play beautiful music on a winter’s night.

This one has someone playing the violin in the snowly landscape. And it’s quite a magnificent sight to behold.

49. You might want to feast your eyes on some of these nesting dolls.

You can tell because one of these is inside another. And yes, they all seem to look the same.

50. Ever seen a rodeo on the snow before?

Well, the cow’s kind of weird looking. But any cowboy or girl would adore it.

51. This cat loves to play with the fish bowl.

Have to like how the bowl is almost invisible. Still, it’s quite stunning to see.

52. You’d find a moose embedded on this giant antler.

This is from Anchorage, Alaska. And yes, you can bet they probably have snow sculptures there. Lovely.

53. Someone must’ve gotten in the trash for scraps.

Well, raccoons are known to get into garbage. Yet, this is kind of amusing for some reason.

54. If you like The Force Awakens, this is the snow sculpture for you.

This one features Kylo Ren. You know the Star Wars villain who killed his own dad.

55. I’m sure anyone would want to see a snow Pegasus.

Well, it’s quite lovely to see. Still, you got to love admiring this mythological masterpiece.

56. Ahoy on the high seas!

This one depicts a sea captain with a tri-corner hat. And he has his hands firmly on the wheel.

57. Bet you’ve never seen a giant lizard in the front lawn.

Yes, this is a giant snow lizard. I’m sure it’ll be make a great conversation piece in the neighborhood.

58. Perhaps a massive Chinese temple may suit you.

Well, this seems like depicting a Chinese myth. Not sure which one though.

59. You’d be hard pressed to find a spectacular snow palace like this one.

This is from a Japanese snow festival. And yes, it’s as charming as it is beautiful.

60. I guess you’d find this snow sculpture firmly on the Dark Side.

Well, The Last Jedi is currently in theaters. So I might as well add something from Star Wars on this post.

Frosty the Snowman and His Friends (Third Edition)

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Since Christmas is only a week away, perhaps we should take a break for awhile for some winter creations. Though you can’t really build a snowman where I live during this time (since it hardly snows), it’s nevertheless part of the Christmas motifs especially with the song “Frosty the Snowman” and the cartoon adaptation. As shown, a typical snowman consists of 3 snowballs of varying size, two sticks for arms, a carrot nose, rocks for eyes and buttons, and often a hat and/or scarf. Sometimes a snowman could be depicted with a corn cob pipe but since tobacco use is low and most smokers don’t use pipes, you’re less likely to see one. Nevertheless, on a snowy day, you’ll find plenty of snowmen in all shapes and sizes. So for your reading pleasure, I give you yet another assortment of unique snowmen to enjoy.

  1. A snowman should always have a feline companion.

Funny, he has his very own snowcat. And the cat has little twigs for whiskers.

2. Care for a boat ride on the ice?

Because he’d basically melt if he was on water. Still, this is pretty clever.

3. It’s a nice day for a drink on the patio.

Looks like a family. Though it seems like one can’t reach the table while sitting.

4.  Looks like this guy’s passed out.

And he’s a against a wooden post, seemingly naked. If he was a human, he’d be arrested for indecent exposure.

5. Apparently, he always tries to be well-informed.

Seems to read “Times of Israel.” Guess he’s Jewish. Because this sure as hell doesn’t seem like Israel.

6. “Well, I guess this is in my own likeness.”

Yes, that snow dog certainly resembles that golden retriever. Though the dog doesn’t seem impressed.

7. You can actually get in this snowman.

It’s a snowman igloo. I guess this is somewhere in Alaska or Canada, where these ice homes are built.

8. “It’s snowing, Gromit.”

This is a snow Gromit. And it sure looks like the expressive dog from the claymation cartoons.

9. You can always spend a lazy afternoon lounging in a hammock.

Well, since there’s 6 more weeks of winter, you might as well chill for awhile. This is especially if you’re made of snow. Unless you factor in climate change.

10. Don’t worry, I don’t think she’ll do anything with that pitchfork.

They’re just a humble farm snow couple. Still, got to love the snow woman’s basket hat. And her husband’s bald.

11. Someone’s trying to get a ride.

Uh, I don’t know if reaching out at the bus station will help. But it can’t hurt trying.

12. On some days, your hair can’t just be tamed.

This one even has a baby bundled up near her. So adorable. By the way, the hair is made from evergreen branches.

13. Want to go outside and play ball?

Well, he certainly seems perky. Hope he could pick up the ball.

14. Looks like someone can do a handstand.

Wonder how you build that snowman. Though I guess he’s just a mere show off.

15. You’d almost swear her hair was all twigs.

Indeed, her hair seems to go all over the place. Yet, she does have a nice smile.

16. Perhaps you might be enlightened by this snow Buddha.

Sure he knows he’ll melt once spring comes. But in the meantime, he’ll try finding some inner peace before becoming slush.

17. You can always play with these snow dogs.

These two are just dogs frolicking in the snow. So they’re not hurting anything.

18. Check out his guitar solo.

I guess he worked for the Eagles during their Hell Freezes Over tour. Though check out his twig mohawk.

19. “I’m Olaf and I give warm hugs.”

Though you might want to try skipping his Frozen short if you’re planning to see Coco. Though that is a fairly good likeness.

20. Nobody could resist these snow penguins.

They seem rather small. But you have to like the one with a bowtie on its little tuxedo.

21. Apparently, Muslim couples love to hang out in truck beds.

Well, snowmen can be Muslim, too. Though most Muslims live in place where snow doesn’t exist. Still, these are great.

22. Always try to watch your step.

Yes, someone seemed to fall into the snow. And his friend’s basically laughing about it.

23. A snow lady should always wear a sleek red dress.

Though this dress is basically spray painted. But you have to like how that girl imitates her.

24. Looks like this bearded guy’s rather disappointed.

He’s just hanging around having a beer. So it’s best not to distract him.

25. Put your legs in the air.

And yes, it’s certainly incredible. However, you can’t pull off a handstand with this body type.

26. Eek! Somebody’s shot their eye out!

Yes, that’s really gross. But the one with blood spurting out of his eye doesn’t seem to mind.

27. Seems like Elsa has been sick lately.

This is a whole army of small snowmen. And yes, they will come to you in proper weather conditions, of course.

28. Sometimes a fishing trip is all you need.

Sure they may be fishing in the baby pool. But they’re having quite the bonding experience.

29. Always seek shelter when it gets too cold.

And it seems like they’re cozying up with candles. Let’s hope they’re fake. Since we know open flames can melt them.

30. Fans of Kung Fu Panda might enjoy this snowman.

It’s a snowman version of Po from the franchise. And yes, he has his underwear.

31. Looks like this little guy’s found his snow home.

Well, this is just under a snow dog. But it nonetheless seems cozy for this dog.

32. “Please don’t feed your kid brother to the snow monster!”

Don’t worry, the pants are probably stuffed hand me downs. But it’s certainly disturbing to see.

33. Tragically, Charlie was severely injured in a cataclysmic hit and run.

Man, didn’t know snowmen can spurt out blood like that. Unsurprisingly, his friends are devastated.

34. Look out! There’s a snow shark on the loose!

Wait a minute, sharks aren’t supposed to swim in the snow. Still, this is pretty hilarious.

35. Seems like this guy had a wild night.

Yes, he’s pretty hungover right now. Must’ve been too many cold ones.

36. “Mind if I hitch a ride?”

Well, he’s riding the roof. Nevertheless, he’s so adorable on the ride.

37. You can’t resist the charm of a snow polar bear.

And like polar bears, this little guy’s threatened by climate change. And yes, it’s totally real.

38. Perhaps you might want to see a snow kangaroo?

Didn’t know that I’d see a snow marsupial (aside from the opossum). After all, I don’t think it snows like that in Australia.

39. You have to see this snow pig smile.

Well, she certainly has a radiant smile. Also love the purple buttons.

40. Perhaps we can enjoy this snowy afternoon out on the bench.

Well, this seems nice. Like the snow woman’s hat. Lovely.

41. You’d almost swear this dog is as tall as a house.

Since it seems to tower over the patio. Still, have to admire the collar.

42. This snow lizard just wants to chill for awhile.

And I see it’s smoking something in its mouth. Also, most reptiles would be inactive in cold temperatures since they’re cold-blooded.

43. My, is that a towering snowman.

It’s not the biggest I’ve seen. But it towers above that family by several yards.

44. Now that guy must’ve had way too much to drink.

When you see someone passed out with all those bottles, you need help. Snowmen are no exception.

45. “Howdy, pardner!”

This cowboy snowman has gloves and a belt. Possibly hails from the Rockies.

46. Apparently, spring is here.

And that means this snowman’s days are numbered. So he must enjoy them while they last.

47. Feel free to spare a dime for this hobo.

Didn’t know snowmen could become homeless. Thought they just hung out outdoors.

48. Looks like Fu-Manchu snowman is out for blood.

Yes, I know this looks offensive. But it’s not often you come across a snowman with severed heads.

49. Of course, you can always take a bath.

Okay, she’s showing her boobs. And now she’s embarrassed that you had to look at her.

50. Be on your guard when coming across a snow wolf.

And I see the wolf devouring a snowman right now. Yes, it’s incredibly horrific, indeed.

51. Sometimes you just want to chill on the patio.

They’re in fedora hats and drinking on their lawn chairs. And in sub-zero weather, too.

52. You’d be pressed to see a snowman in black and gold.

Seems like a Steelers fan lives here. Too bad the refs basically ruled out that one touchdown.

53. Wanna buy a snowman? Try here.

Though there’s some assembly required as you can see. Yes, you have to roll the snow balls.

54. Didn’t know I’d see a snow woman with a butterfly net.

Because butterflies don’t like winter. Still, this is kind of adorable.

55. Someone’s all prepared for the Pen’s game.

Though he doesn’t seem too happy here. Though I like his Santa hat.

56. The family that reads together, stays together.

And it seems this girl’s enjoying the time. Got to love this.

57. Look out! Snow zombies!

Somebody go get a blow torch! We’ll melt these bastards!

58. Bet you’ve never seen a snowman in the tree.

Wonder how they pulled this off. Not to mention, he’s wearing Converse tennis shoes.

59. Sometimes you can use a break from snow shoveling.

After all, shoveling snow out of the driveway’s really hard work. So it’s best to sit down once in awhile.

60. “Goodbye cruel world.”

Yes, it’s a snowman hanging himself. Guess he didn’t think the melting point couldn’t come soon enough.

The Enchanting Winter Wonderland of Ice Sculpture (Second Edition)

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Now we’re on to ice sculpture which many of you are probably more familiar with than snow sculpture. Since ice sculpture is used for a lot of things like winter celebrations and weddings. And the sculptures usually tend to be smaller at any rate and usually last longer than their snow counterparts. But if you want to make a gigantic ice palace, make sure you don’t do it in Florida because it won’t last there at all. But though this is the Christmas season, there are plenty of festivals for snow and ice sculpting in January and February. One of the biggest is in China’s International Snow and Ice festival that’s held in Harbin which show some of the most lovely pieces of winter art from all over the world. And from what you see above, this could be easily seen as the ice equivalent to Las Vegas though I think it’s much more beautiful than that. Still, I had plenty of ice sculpture pics left over after doing a post two years ago. So I plan to do one again. Thus, for your reading pleasure this winter, I give you another treasury of ice sculpture.

  1. Nudes are always a popular subject especially on ice.
Remember, parents, if a nude statue looks like this, it's probably safe for the kids. Since it's probably copied from something you see in an art museum.

Remember, parents, if a nude statue looks like this, it’s probably safe for the kids. Since it’s probably copied from something you see in an art museum.

2. There’s nothing more noble than a knight on the ice.

Doesn't hurt if he's lit up in green. Nevertheless, wonder if he's the green knight from Arthurian legend.

Doesn’t hurt if he’s lit up in green. Nevertheless, wonder if he’s the green knight from Arthurian legend.

3. A graceful peacock stands with utmost decorum on his perch.

Of course, he doesn't seem too showy about his feathers. Because he doesn't need to brag how awesome they are.

Of course, he doesn’t seem too showy about his feathers. Because he doesn’t need to brag how awesome they are.

4. Looks like we come across a fierce dragon rider battle.

Think of this scene as something you'd see from How to Train Your Dragon if it was rated R. Yeah, you'd totally see something like this in it if it was.

Think of this scene as something you’d see from How to Train Your Dragon if it was rated R. Yeah, you’d totally see something like this in it if it was.

5. A Christmas tree can always dazzle in white ice.

And this one certainly seems to be for a Christmas celebration. You have to admire the craftsmanship here.

And this one certainly seems to be for a Christmas celebration. You have to admire the craftsmanship here.

6. This ice couple surely seems to be in the Christmas spirit.

Though they kind of look Russian to me. Love the ice tree though.

Though they kind of look Russian to me. Love the ice tree though.

7. Here we come to a cougar on a ledge.

This one could easily be used for my high school reunion. Not that I would care. Nevertheless, I think it's quite lovely.

This one could easily be used for my high school reunion. Not that I would care. Nevertheless, I think it’s quite lovely.

8. An ice coach always shines quite well in a pink light.

Sure it's not quite Cinderella. But it's certainly not too bad. In fact, it's quite fancy.

Sure it’s not quite Cinderella. But it’s certainly not too bad. In fact, it’s quite fancy.

9. The light is always bright on this dancing ice princess.

Unfortunately, it's probably not Anna or Elsa from Frozen either. Still, she's beautiful nevertheless.

Unfortunately, it’s probably not Anna or Elsa from Frozen either. Still, she’s beautiful nevertheless.

10. Perhaps we can have this grasshopper just hop right in.

Yes, they do have ice sculptures for insects. Though it's not what many people would want at their weddings.

Yes, they do have ice sculptures for insects. Though it’s not what many people would want at their weddings.

11. Here you come to a peacock with his feathery display in all his glory.

Helps that he has blue and green lights shining on him. Love the detail, too.

Helps that he has blue and green lights shining on him. Love the detail, too.

12. The New York City skyline doesn’t get more glimmering than this.

Yes, it's a beautiful beacon as you can see. And here we have the Empire State Building standing out.

Yes, it’s a beautiful beacon as you can see. And here we have the Empire State Building standing out.

13. Wonder what he’ll find while looking through his telescope.

Think this is supposed to be Galileo looking through his telescope. Love how it's lit in bright colors.

Think this is supposed to be Galileo looking through his telescope. Love how it’s lit in bright colors.

14. An ice angel always flies gracefully.

Well, certainly looks great transparent anyway. Love the detail on the wings.

Well, certainly looks great transparent anyway. Love the detail on the wings.

15. A wedding ice sculpture should always look festive.

Like I said, you see a lot of these are often used in weddings. This is probably true if both bride and groom are members of the Polar Bear Club.

Like I said, you see a lot of these are often used in weddings. This is probably true if both bride and groom are members of the Polar Bear Club.

16. It’s always nice to hear a bluebird sing.

I think this one is from some Japanese folktale. But I think it's quite beautiful.

I think this one is from some Japanese folktale. But I think it’s quite beautiful.

17. Cupid is always an agent of love with his bow and arrow.

Of course, in Greek myths he looks nothing like this. But people have him depict this way just because the little baby angel motif is cute.

Of course, in Greek myths he looks nothing like this. But people have him depict this way just because the little baby angel motif is cute.

18. The great bear and St. Basil’s are always symbols of pride for Russia.

However, they're also known for hacking other countries' elections and the despotism of Vladimir Putin. It's a pretty unfortunate case.

However, they’re also known for hacking other countries’ elections and the despotism of Vladimir Putin. It’s a pretty unfortunate case.

19. Looks like this chainsaw sculpture is of a chainsaw.

Now that's kind of redundant. I mean who does a chainsaw sculpture of a chainsaw?

Now that’s kind of redundant. I mean who does a chainsaw sculpture of a chainsaw?

20. There’s nothing better on Christmas than a sleigh on ice.

Well, it's surely one to inspire Christmas cheer. But one that's not great for presents.

Well, it’s surely one to inspire Christmas cheer. But one that’s not great for presents.

21. A Native American hunter always carries a bow and arrows.

And she seems quite dangerous to some animals in the forest. Still, very stunning, I'll say.

And she seems quite dangerous to some animals in the forest. Still, very stunning, I’ll say.

22. The mighty moose is a rather humble creature.

And nothing's more iconic than a male moose with his large antlers. Hope it never crosses your path when you're driving.

And nothing’s more iconic than a male moose with his large antlers. Hope it never crosses your path when you’re driving.

23. There’s nothing more vain than an Asian dragon.

Well, Asian dragons aren't like the European ones. But this is quite remarkable to behold when it's against the light.

Well, Asian dragons aren’t like the European ones. But this is quite remarkable to behold when it’s against the light.

24. Ariel on ice is sure to bring you under the sea.

This is obviously from The Little Mermaid. Mostly because Ariel has red hair like this statue.

This is obviously from The Little Mermaid. Mostly because Ariel has red hair like this statue.

25. Fans of Frozen may enjoy this ice sculpture of Kristoff and Sven.

Well, this is the one from Frozen I actually have. And I think it's a good likeness.

Well, this is the one from Frozen I actually have. And I think it’s a good likeness.

26. This ice leopard carries brilliant blue spots.

And what brilliant spots this leopard has indeed. Still, why blue? I would've thought orange or yellow would be better.

And what brilliant spots this leopard has indeed. Still, why blue? I would’ve thought orange or yellow would be better.

27. If you have a more biblical taste, here is an ice sculpture of Jonah and the big fish.

It's more than likely that Jonah was swallowed by a whale not a big fish. But I have to admit, this looks pretty awesome.

It’s more than likely that Jonah was swallowed by a whale not a big fish. But I have to admit, this looks pretty awesome.

28. Under the sea, a mermaid finds a mysterious pearl.

Well, this is a lovely mermaid scene. Not sure why it should be in ice though.

Well, this is a lovely mermaid scene. Not sure why it should be in ice though.

29. An ice nativity scene will make your Christmas a true holy night.

This one has all the touches as you can see. Love how the light shines upon the figures.

This one has all the touches as you can see. Love how the light shines upon the figures. Beautiful.

30. Nothing can be stunning like an ice flock of geese at your path.

Well, this is surely a sight to behold. love the detail on the geese. Lovely.

Well, this is surely a sight to behold. love the detail on the geese. Lovely.

31. A large frozen snowflake is always a beautiful sight.

Great for any winter party you might attend. Love how the light shines upon it.

Great for any winter party you might attend. Love how the light shines upon it.

32. Now this Cinderella ice sculpture seems straight from a fairy tale.

Here we have the prince presenting her with the glass slipper. As to why they remained after the ball while nothing else did, I have no idea.

Here we have the prince presenting her with the glass slipper. As to why they remained after the ball while nothing else did, I have no idea.

33. An angel at a harp is always a heavenly sight to see even in green.

Yes, you see a lot of angels in ice sculpture. Maybe it has something to do with Christmas.

Yes, you see a lot of angels in ice sculpture. Maybe it has something to do with Christmas.

34. A winged archer is ever stellar when immortalized in ice.

Now this is what Cupid, I mean Eros looks more like in Greek mythology. I know people might be pleasantly surprised.

Now this is what Cupid, I mean Eros looks more like in Greek mythology. I know people might be pleasantly surprised.

35. It’s always a lovely sight to see two seahorses bonding together.

Of course, this consists of the female seahorse leaving her eggs in the male and leaving him holding the bag. We're pretty sure it's because producing the eggs is exhausting for her.

Of course, this consists of the female seahorse leaving her eggs in the male and leaving him holding the bag. We’re pretty sure it’s because producing the eggs is exhausting for her.

36. There’s nothing better suited for ice than crystals.

After all, ice crystals also sparkle when you put a light to them. Love this.

After all, ice crystals also sparkle when you put a light to them. Love this.

37. Spider Man fans would be pleased with their favorite web slinger on ice.

And this resulted in fewer injuries than in the Broadway production. Still, this is great.

And this resulted in fewer injuries than in the Broadway production. Still, this is great.

38. Seems like the water froze from that faucet.

Well, at least they put a clever spin. But freezing water from a faucet isn't funny in real life.

Well, at least they put a clever spin. But freezing water from a faucet isn’t funny in real life.

39. How about the sight of an ice bird in a cage?

This is surely stunning. I mean you have to admire how someone could pull this off. It's amazing.

This is surely stunning. I mean you have to admire how someone could pull this off. It’s amazing.

40. Hope you’d like to climb aboard this polar express.

Yes, they have an ice train. And this one seems to resemble an old steam engine.

Yes, they have an ice train. And this one seems to resemble an old steam engine.

41. There’s nothing more graceful than a reindeer encased in ice.

Of course, I had to include a unicorn in this post. Since I didn't have one in the last ice sculpture post I did. Lovely.

Of course, I had to include a unicorn in this post. Since I didn’t have one in the last ice sculpture post I did. Lovely in the purple light.

42. There’s nothing more gallant than an ice stag.

Doesn't hurt if there's bright lights shining through it. Must be used as a Christmas decoration.

Doesn’t hurt if there’s bright lights shining through it. Must be used as a Christmas decoration.

43. A frozen butterfly is a thing of beauty.

I think it would shine brighter in a darker background. But this is good enough.

I think it would shine brighter in a darker background. But this is good enough.

44. This Star Wars ice display is squarely on the Dark Side of the Force.

Yet, it's lit with purple light for some reason. Hope Vader stops the Emperor from gaining ultimate power.

Yet, it’s lit with purple light for some reason. Hope Vader stops the Emperor from gaining ultimate power.

45. You seek Yoda ice.

Excellent likeness, it is. Last it will not.

Excellent likeness, it is. Last it will not.

46. This seashell ice sculpture has plenty of sections.

Well, it's very much like a shell but more translucent. Love it.

Well, it’s very much like a shell but more translucent. Love it.

47. This ice sculpture of an owl will surely be a hoot.

Owls are always pretty neat. Love the detail on the wings.

Owls are always pretty neat. Love the detail on the wings.

48. Nothing makes your meal like an ice Kitchen Aide mixer.

Well, you can't cook with this. But you have to admire how it looks in lights.

Well, you can’t cook with this. But you have to admire how it looks in lights.

49. For Formula 1 fans, you might like to see an ice sculpture of this.

This is an ice sculpture of a Formula 1 race car. It's a kind of auto racing that's popular in Europe, by the way.

This is an ice sculpture of a Formula 1 race car. It’s a kind of auto racing that’s popular in Europe, by the way.

50. Bet you’d never see ice that’s faster than a speeding bullet.

Of course, there's no way I could ignore an ice rendering of the Man of Steel. Yet, it might send your party crashing like in the recent movies.

Of course, there’s no way I could ignore an ice rendering of the Man of Steel. Yet, it might send your party crashing like in the recent movies.

51. A couple like this can only inspire love.

First, I think both of them are naked. Second, let's just say anyone under a certain age will find out when they're older.

First, I think both of them are naked. Second, let’s just say anyone under a certain age will find out when they’re older.

52. Fans of The Lion King will adore this ice sculpture.

Not sure if it's supposed to be Simba or Mufasa. Probably Simba since he's the main character. Not that it matters.

Not sure if it’s supposed to be Simba or Mufasa. Probably Simba since he’s the main character. Not that it matters.

53. A shuttle launch has always helped mankind reach for the stars.

Unfortunately, NASA has retired the shuttle program. However, at least space geeks could appreciate this ice statue.

Unfortunately, NASA has retired the shuttle program. However, at least space geeks could appreciate this ice statue.

54. This ice sculpture brings in the spirit of the Winter Olympics.

This was at the Alberta snow and ice festival in 2014. Vancouver had their Olympics that year.

This was at the Alberta snow and ice festival in 2014. Vancouver had their Olympics that year.

55. A lovely harp should always have a beautiful bird on top.

Well, this is surely beautiful if you ask me. The bird is incredibly stunning.

Well, this is surely beautiful if you ask me. The bird is incredibly stunning.

56. A woman would have to be brave to ride on such a ferocious beast.

Not sure what kind of creature it's supposed to be. But whatever it is, it looks awesome.

Not sure what kind of creature it’s supposed to be. But whatever it is, it looks awesome.

57. A porcupine ice sculpture has plenty of shiny quills.

You have to admire the craftsmanship on this. Because I'm sure getting those quills out isn't easy to carve.

You have to admire the craftsmanship on this. Because I’m sure getting those quills out isn’t easy to carve.

58. An ice Empire State Building never fails to impress.

Nothing says New York City like it's most iconic building. Unless you count the Statue of Liberty.

Nothing says New York City like it’s most iconic building. Unless you count the Statue of Liberty.

59. An ice maiden with her own column is simply a goddess.

Then again, she's probably a Hindu goddess from what I can tell from her features. But it's nonetheless incredible.

Then again, she’s probably a Hindu goddess from what I can tell from her features. But it’s nonetheless incredible.

60. Don’t like seahorses? How about a hippocampus?

Well, a hippocamus unicorn. It's basically a mermaid version of a horse if you get my drift.

Well, a hippocamus unicorn. It’s basically a mermaid version of a horse if you get my drift.