Friday, February 12, 2010

Ottawa's Winterlude Festival, 2010

One of the attractions in Ottawa in mid-winter is the Winterlude Festival. A feature is the carving of ice sculotures by craftsmen and women from around the world. The tools used include electic rasps and files as shown here.

Massive blocks of pure ice are shipped in and cut into fantastic shapes.

The sculptures are breath-taking.

Another example.

Tasty treats are also here to tempt you from that diet.

Some are so loaded with sugars and starches as to be a temptation that's hard to resist.

Another feature of the Festival is skating and walking on the Rideau Canal. The start is near to the Parliament Buildings, seen in the background here.

The day was sunny and bright. The temperature a bonny -5C and with very little wind chill.

A wonderful day to enjoy this World Heritage site.

1 comment:

  1. What lovely pictures! I've never seen an ice sculpture in real life before, but I wish I could. I guess since I've lived in the southern U.S. for all of my life, our warm weather (except within the last 2 weeks) isn't real suitable for things like ice sculpture festivals. :) Maybe someday..........