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Icicles Dazzle in Lake Superior

Image: Apostle Islands
This photo taken Feb. 2, 2014, shows the wonders of the Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Over the weekend over 8,000 people made the pilgrimage, a mile walk along the frozen shore, to witness and photograph the crystal wonders of the caves. Brian Peterson / Star Tribune via AP

Just as people dress differently when temperatures plunge below zero, so does nature.

The caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin have been transformed into showplaces for dazzling natural ice sculptures.

The arctic siege gripping the Upper Midwest has turned most of the Great Lakes into vast frozen plains blanketed in white. At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin, caves formed over centuries along the Lake Superior shoreline by crashing waves, freezing and thawing have been transformed into showplaces for dazzling natural ice sculptures.

The caves usually are accessible only by water, but Superior's rock-solid surface is letting people walk to them for the first time since 2009. About 35,000 have made the trek.

— Associated Press

Image: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Icicles hang from the Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Feb. 2. Brian Peterson / Star Tribune via AP