Behind a frozen fall: Minnehaha Falls

What's behind a waterfall? A secret cave hiding an enormous emerald, like in Romancing the Stone? Or a life heart container, like in The legend of Zelda?

In the case of the frozen Minnehaha Falls in Minnesota, you can actually walk behind them, and take a picture of the unusual sight of a water flow on pause:

Minnehaha Falls
View inside the narrow circular corridor at the back of the waterfall.
Image by MJIphotos


Superman's headquarters
In winter, extremely cold temperatures freeze the cascade creating these could-be Superman's headquarters. Image by Jason




Minnehaha Park
The falls are in the middle of a fairly populated area, and are part of a protected city park in the metropolitan region of Minneapolis. Image by Jeff Seim


Minneapolis Falls
This is natural glowing light, in green and icy blue.
Image by MJIphotos


Secret World
But after some digital image tweaking you can get this.
Image by Punchup

Dakota
According to Wikipedia, an early translation of Minnehaha was Laughing Water, assuming that the haha bit was like in English, onomatopoeia for laugh.
Wrong! It just means waterfall in Dakota language. Image by Sawdust Media


Behind a frozen fall
An open window in the ice belt.
Image by NES+MJH


Minnesota Parks
When temperatures rise, the water starts to run again.
Image by MJIphotos


Frozen waterfall
Depending on the season, the look of the surroundings changes dramatically.
Image by Dodie


Behind waterfall
In autumn, they may even virtually dry up if there is a rain shortage.
Image by Chris Zubke


Romancing the Stone
Once all the ice has melted, you wouldn't say that you were standing before such a special fall at all.
Image by Meet Minneapolis






 

3 comments:

Rosie said...

Amazing. When's the exact right time to see the first drop melt?

Ra Moon said...

Every Saturday, at 12 o'clock... :P It depends on the temperatures, around the beginning of Spring.

Suzanne Stenson O'Brien said...

It's pretty spectacular in the usual old summer flow, too, despite what the caption above suggests.

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