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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
    Chaseburg, Wisconsin
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

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    Midwest Deep Freeze Creates Frozen Sculptures


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman took these photographs of ice formations in Chaseburg, Wisconsin, to showcase the beauty in nature that often goes unnoticed. "It's been extremely frigid and many people don't venture out," he said. "But if you dress for it, there is a fascinating world of nature just waiting to reward you with spectacular beauty."
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    As the Midwest continues in a deep freeze, dramatic frozen waterfalls dot the landscape. If you are willing to brave the freezing temperatures, and can trudge through the snow and ice, you may find impressive frozen sculptures in many rural areas. This sequence of images were shot near Chaseburg, Wisconsin in the late morning under a deep blue cloudless sky. The exposures were underexposed slightly to retain the delicate textures of the ice and snow. Some of the ice formations have a lingering blue cast at their core, creating a fantasy-like realism. The images, both in color and black and white illustrate the subtle differences in color graduation, tone, and texture.


    The temperatures during the shoot were in the low 20’s. In Wisconsin, many of the ice formations this year are larger in volume due to the lengthy deep-freeze. More low temperatures are forecasted to be below zero once again this week. Winter seems particularly long and bitterly cold this year. Discovering and photographing these works of nature, make the frigid temperatures at least a little more tolerable.

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