This was a place to see pictures of places, people, or events which we really enjoyed during our travels. Please remember all but the first picture are just thumbnails, click on any picture that you would like to see larger. At the bottom of this page, you will find links to past Spotlight Pictures pages.
This current spotlight picture page is the second of it's kind. This page highlights the 12th annual International Snow Sculpture Championship held in Breckenridge as part of the annual Ullr festival. Last years sculptures can still be seen through a link at the bottom of this page. As a review, the 14 teams are given 65 hours to complete their sculptures without the aid of power tools. The 20-ton blocks of snow are 10-feet square and 12-feet tall. This year the teams came from the U.S.(4), Canada(4), China(1), Italy(1), Mexico(2), Morocco(1), and The Netherlands(1). The Morocco team was in the brochure but we never saw a sculpture for them. The teams faced the unusual challenge of dealing with warm temperatures this week.
A Fishing Tail, USA (Breckenridge) team. The cat is 14 feet high and reaching into a giant fish bowl. There is a great fish in the middle of the bowl. This sculpture took 3rd place.
1) Winter Comes, Canada (British Columbia) team. Enlarge this picture to see the town, trees, and snowflakes, under the snowy owl. This sculpture took 1st place. 2) Birth of a nation, Canada (Manitoba). These are hockey players emerging from an egg. Look at the bottom right you can see the hockey skate. 3) These next two pictures were taken on the last night of sculpting, Friday night. That is the night the sculptures can sculpt all night long. 4) This is the only picture we have off the Whirled White Web, USA (Minnesota). This sculpture took 2nd place, but it collapsed soon after judging. Here they are working on the inside of it Friday night.
1) The Love of Mother, China (Harbin). This team received a perseverance award because only 2 of it members were able to obtain visa's. Those 2 members did the best they could with the help of locals. 2) Who Spilt the Beans, Canada (Ontario). All week we weren't too impressed with this sculpture but at the end it is one of our favorites. There is a lot of detail on the bottles, caps, and pills. 3) RÍve'Olution, Canada (Quebec). The ball at the top of this sculpture was done early and really held up well.
Click here to see the Spotlight Pictures that featured the Packer Game.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured Big Bend National Park.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured Snow Sculptures.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured Castles.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured Fall and Bears.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page which featured Alaska.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured some of our National Park.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured our fishing trip with the Risley's.
Click here, to see the Spotlight Pictures page that featured Oregon.
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