Natural ice sculpture along US-41

Roadside geyser spouts upward; frozen ice sculptures everywhere!

We motored to Marquette today.  It was a necessity.  You see, I had eaten out oh-so-many times in Florida with my family.  At wonderful delicious restaurants.

And poor Barry had heated up leftover rice and eaten cans of tuna fish and thawed barley soup for a week.

The poor lad was ready for a really, really good fish dinner.  So off we traipsed to Marquette.  Where we eventually enjoyed a delicious lunch of whitefish and salmon at the Vierling Restaurant overlooking the harbor.


On our way to Marquette, driving down the road, chatting about this and that, suddenly we both spotted IT.  The geyser of water which squirts upward along the highway.  But today it lay surrounded by a natural ice sculpture, beautifully glistening ice patterned creations gleaming in the late March sun.

Sneaking back behind the tree for a closer view

“We must remember to take pictures of this on our way back!” I said excitedly.

“No, no, turn around now, let’s do it now,” my husband replied.

We found the quickest turn-around spot, and U-turned toward the magnificent spewing creation.  We both had seen the pipe which sprays water up in the air near Champion before.  You don’t usually notice it in the winter-time when it basically gets buried in snow.  In the summer-time it simply spurts upward.

The question inquiring minds want to know is this:  WHY?  Why is there a pipe leading to the side of the road, and why does it spurt upward? 

I tried to Google it for about five minutes but didn’t come up with any answers.  If any of you wise folks know–please comment.

The Actual Creator of these sculptures...a hose which shoots water upward

We suspect it might be an artesian well or natural spring.  Perhaps some fine fellow ran the hose next to the highway to entertain passers-by.  Perhaps he didn’t want to admire the ice sculptures all by himself.  Perhaps there is another reason.

Surrounding grasses

I crept a little too close during the photography expedition and my poor sneakers got a bit wet.  Not enough to ruin our lunch date.  But enough to feel a little soggy.

Frozen arch of ice

I wasn’t going to post a blog tonight, but thought you really might enjoy seeing these photographs. 

P.S.  By the time we headed back home a few hours later, most of the sculpture had melted.  Gone.  Kaput.  Good thing we stopped when we did!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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22 Responses to Natural ice sculpture along US-41

  1. Oh my gosh, Kathy — that’s astounding! I’ve NEVER seen anything like it. I’m so glad you took the photographs when you did.

  2. Just came from a birthday dinner at friends. Delicious fried fish. Nothing like the Vierling though.
    Lucky you guys! Glad the geyser proved so satisfying. And great hub support! I will tell my forbearing hub. As the partner of a rabid collagist, he saves interesting labels, receipts and in particular his chocolate wrappers for me. Love that you stopped first. Hope you are warm and toasty now! Great ice photos! Love, S

  3. Jessica says:

    Wow that is really neat. I am so glad Barry convinced you to take pictures right away.

  4. Dawn says:

    How gorgeous – thank you so much – yes we love seeing this special event from today.

    always stop! Bet you always have your camera with you too… it’s a fabulous addiction. 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    What IS that? I hope you find out – why would it spurt up like that? It certainly left behind some fascinating ice sculptures. Lovely shots, Kathy!

  6. Trudie says:

    Lovely pictures. Glad to see you keep your camera handy all the time. That would have been sad to miss

  7. Dawn K says:

    I don’t remember any geyser near Champion, but it’s been a long time.

    I have learned the hard way that when I see a photo opportunity to always turn around and get it right then. The light is never the same again, the picture is never as perfect later on…and in this case you wouldn’t have been able to get it at all if you’d waited!

    Very beautiful! Hope someone finds out what it is or why it’s there! Curious!

  8. Emma says:

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us! 🙂

  9. Fountainpen says:

    Kathy, your reflections and pictures and Barry’s turning around so that you could get the pictures all call me to again commit myself to living in my present moments, each one, one at a time…..and experiencing what’s there…….

    Thank you, Kathy and Barry!


  10. Jeff Stroud says:

    Never second guess nature… and always follow your first instinct…
    This are beautiful photographs of what water, cold air and nature can and will do if allowed to be its creative self…

    I hope you and Barry enjoyed your lunch date, and time together! What a nice and sweet thing to do!

    I am Love, Jeff

  11. Nicole Smith says:

    Awesome! Boy, am I ever glad I am subscribed to your blog. Great that Barry chose to seize the moment with you so we could share it too.

    Love, hugs

  12. Cindy Lou says:

    One of my favorite sites along the way to Marquette…..I always thought it was an artesian well!?!? Fun!

  13. This is magic ! What a lovely gift from nature on your way to the restaurant 🙂 Wonderful pictures !

  14. truels says:

    Really nice and beautiful natural ice sculptures you found here – the art of nature is often so impressing.

  15. Kathy says:

    Thank you so very much–all of you–for stopping by to look at the geyser–artesian well–whatever the heck it is–photographs. It is fun to take pictures knowing that you guys might like them, as well. And like fountainpen said: to remember to live in the present moment. It’s the only moment we have!

  16. pearlz says:

    Unreal- what wonderful ice sculptures!! I am so glad you kept stopping to take photographs!

  17. Wow, that is simply gorgeous and wonderous. Love your pictures, Kathy

  18. Patty Sue says:

    Wow! Late to this beautiful display! I’m so glad you stopped! How was the lunch date? 😉

  19. les da' prez says:

    I like those pics.. Thank you….

  20. Kathy says:

    It’s fun to even come back and look at these sculptures again and remember that magic moment. Glad you all enjoyed it too…

  21. flandrumhill says:

    What a stunning gallery of images! Nature is just so awesome. Wonderful that you were able to capture these for us to marvel at.

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