With all the snow and ice melting this week, I decided to get some photos of frozen waterfalls before they disappeared. The largest waterfall in the Twin Cities, Minnehaha Falls, was pretty spectacular in the morning sun.
The falls were still well frozen, but slick with melt water running down columns of ice. The ice had taken on a surprising number of hues from white to blue to yellow to amber colors. The person in the photo isn’t really on a trail, but I figured if she could walk down to the waterfall, so could I.
The trail down to the falls takes you directly into the cave behind the falls. You can see the entrance on the right.
Looking across to the other side of the falls, there is a light blue waterfall. I took a photo from the opening between the ice columns (see second to last photo below).
An ice curtain hung over the door to the cave behind the falls.
White, blue, and amber colored ice columns hang down from the cave lip, but there is 10-15 feet of ice-covered rock floor to walk on behind the ice columns.
The blue color of some of the ice surprised me. I thought only glacial ice was blue, due to compression of the layers. Wikipedia says ice is blue for the same reason that water is blue — because O-H bonds in water absorb the red parts of the spectrum, reflecting blue back.
A look at the blue waterfall through the hole in the ice curtains seen in the third photo.
A slippery walk down a closed stairway brought me to a bridge over Minnehaha creek that overlooked the whole waterfall. What a magical place!