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This article was published on April 18, 2014

    Journey through the colossal ice castles of the American Southwest

    Journey through the colossal ice castles of the American Southwest
    Ashley Hefnawy
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    Ashley Hefnawy

    Ashley is an editorial assistant and a content producer for Shutterstock's blog. Follow her on twitter @ashleyhefnawy. Ashley is an editorial assistant and a content producer for Shutterstock's blog. Follow her on twitter @ashleyhefnawy.

    Ashley Hefnawy is an editorial assistant and a content producer for Shutterstock’s blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.


    Natural wonders of the world can be truly mind-boggling. Man-made objects are only so powerful, until they meet their eventual maker: nature itself.

    In parts of Utah, Colorado, and New Hampshire, the perfect juxtaposition of man-made and nature exists in the form of massive ice sculptures. These formations were actually part of a larger project called Ice Castles—made from 20,000,000 pounds of ice, these magnificent creations were built by people and widely explored.

    The structures are comprised of a combination of icicles and freezing water, modified by wind and varying temperatures. Creator Brent Christensen had the idea for the project after putting together an elaborate ice-skating rink in his backyard for his family, complete with a slide, cave, and ice castle. The result is a strange and magical phenomenon.

    Arina P Habich, Silverthorne Colorado

    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado | Arina P Habich
    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado | Arina P Habich

    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado | Arina P Habich
    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado

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    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado

    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado | Arina P Habich
    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado

    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado | Arina P Habich
    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado

    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado | Arina P Habich
    Ice castles of Silverthorne, Colorado

    Johnny Adolphson, Utah

    Frozen ice walls in rural Utah, USA | Johnny Adolphson
    Frozen ice walls in rural Utah, USA | Johnny Adolphson

    Ice formations in Utah | Johnny Adolphson
    Ice formations in Utah