Semifrozen Minnehaha Falls

Our weather in the Twin Cities has been cold this past week — the coldest temperatures since last March.  With that many of our lakes have frozen over, and I even made a first sighting this winter of a person ice fishing on a nearby lake.  We were in Minneapolis today having a delightful brunch with family, and afterwords stopped by Minnehaha Park.  It was the perfect opportunity to see the falls in a semifrozen state, surrounded by large icicles.  Minnehaha Park includes the area where Minnehaha Creek empties into the Mississippi River.  The park dates back to the late 1800’s and the name Minnehaha is from the Dakota language meaning waterfall.  Minnehaha Falls is a 53 foot waterfall drop surrounded by limestone bluffs.  After heavy rains in early summer the falls flow full, and in times of drought they’ve even been known to stop.  But today there was one stream of water flowing over the bluff above into a small pool of open water.  I was at the falls in late morning and the sun was beginning to reach against the northern side of the bluffs.  As it heated and melted some of the icicles, they would come crashing down with the sound echoing throughout the ravine.

5 thoughts on “Semifrozen Minnehaha Falls

  1. sorealtonight December 11, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Just amazing! I love walking by Minnehaha and every-time I do I just get so inspired!

    • lindastaatsphoto December 11, 2011 / 8:31 pm

      There’s so much history there, plus it’s different everytime you go. Thanks for your comment!

      • sorealtonight December 11, 2011 / 8:34 pm

        I know! It’s just breath taking. Anytime! Keep up the great work.

  2. joani December 13, 2011 / 11:36 am

    Perfect timing. The Falls do have a special flavor and next time your image will be different. Have fun with your collection.
    We drove by the Falls on Suday but were unable to stop. When I lived in Mpls. I rode my bike in the area. Try Minneopa Falls in Mankato.
    While visiting the Twin Cities it was warmer than Seattle!!!
    Do I detect sun?

  3. lindastaatsphoto December 14, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    Hi Joani! You’re the 3rd person that’s told me they used to ride their bike to Minnehaha Falls – probably a summer-thing I’m guessing. Hope you weren’t too let down by our warmer temps here in Minnesota. It’s actually raining today & looking like the Pacific NW. Still not sure if our Christmas is going to be white or brown.

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