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Dazzling ice formations on the Toronto waterfront

Posted by Derek Flack / February 9, 2011

Toronto Ice formationsPhotos of ice formations on Toronto's waterfront have been steadily appearing in the blogTO Flickr pool for about a month or so. Surprisingly compelling, the best of these images conjure up the work of abstract expressionist masters like Jackson Pollock and invite the viewer to imagine faces and figures popping out from the patterns. And because a number of these photographs have proven popular in our photo of the week contest, it seems about time to put a collection together.

A dedicated search through the pool reveals hundreds of shots of ice formations, but there are nevertheless a few photographers whose work stands out above the rest, either on the basis of one or two strong images or because they've taken the time to shoot these icy patterns in an extended capacity. Some of their images are just fantastic. So they take the lead with a smaller collection of one-off photographs at the bottom, which are, of course, also very accomplished.

~EvidencE~ (who took the lead image as well)

Ice Land Spit Series IV (view larger sizes)

Ice Sculpture's 2011 ~ II (view larger sizes)

The Caped Crusader (view larger sizes)201129-evide_iceman.jpg


Ashbridges Bay III (view larger sizes)

The Swan (view larger sizes)

Flash Frozen (view larger sizes)

Ice Dove (view larger sizes)

Asbridges Bay (view larger sizes)
Ashbridges Bay Winter


Frozen Hell (view larger sizes)
Ice formation Toronto

Unearthly Beauty (view larger sizes)


Toronto Island Ice (view larger sizes)

Frozen Sculpture 1 (view larger sizes)
frozen ice sculpture toronto

Other photographers

Frozen Dogwood (photo by J Zoom)

Ice Formations (photo by dan cronin.jpg)

Emergency Use Only (photo by KyleLaurent)

Ice at Cherry Beach (photo by *Imperialis*)



skeeter / February 9, 2011 at 10:50 am
very nice! thanks!
steve-o / February 9, 2011 at 11:17 am
Apow...this is ice - not crack!

Put down the pipe man!
Greg / February 9, 2011 at 11:55 am
Some really wicked photos there. Love #2 and #4

Great stuff.
ZachD / February 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
Haven't been around the shores of late but if you feel like capturing these kinds of moments, please remember not to go out on the ice.

(I know, no fun)
q / February 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
Cool !

*neeyuk neeyuk*
Marion Cobretti / February 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Nice, but I'm shocked someone didn't find a way to wiggle a streetcar into one of these snaps. Isn't that a Blog TO requirement??
Patricia / February 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Wow, just amazing. Some of them are so simple in their beauty while others are powerful in their complexity. Thanks for sharing.
Syncros replying to a comment from ZachD / February 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Going out on the ice is definitely contraindicated. I was having enough fun trying to stay upright while shooting photos from on top of iced over rocks by the shore. Having a photobuddy on walks like this is a good thing. Also, handwarmers.
Paul D. / February 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Fantastic photos - does anyone know if the Leslie Spit is open on weekends in winter? Worth a walk through to see some of this scenery...
pat / February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm
@Paul D.: Spit's open every weekend year round.
Jacob / February 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Damn, I'd love to go down to the lake to take some photos. Last week, with all the steam, it would have been incredible.

I just don't feel like taking a big, long bus trip down there. :/
Steeplejack / February 9, 2011 at 01:53 pm
Beautiful shots. #4 looks like some ancient lake spirit just risen from the water, arms aloft, cloaked in ice.
Chad / February 9, 2011 at 02:28 pm
Amazing. Great pictures.
DB / February 9, 2011 at 02:50 pm
Ethereal. Thanks for sharing these pics. They took my breath away.
Marisa / February 9, 2011 at 04:23 pm
lol ... it would be great to see these again during a summer heat-wave!!
Adam replying to a comment from Marion Cobretti / February 9, 2011 at 04:27 pm
I suppose you think "witty" comments are a requirement as well? Sheesh!

These pictures are gorgeous - thanks for sharing!
SnapHappyExpat (Andy) / February 9, 2011 at 04:29 pm
Thanks for showing mypics here and many congrats to the other contributors for some great work. @Syncros - I hear ya! Navigating those rocks was a bit tricky!
Terry / February 9, 2011 at 05:52 pm
yaffa / February 9, 2011 at 07:34 pm
well isnt this a nice little love in for winter. personally i hate it and would prefer to seee your creeper shots of volleyball players in summer but whatever man good for you
Sarah / February 9, 2011 at 09:57 pm
Wow, beautiful photos.
pattie / February 10, 2011 at 05:17 pm
Beauty!!!!! the light is amazing
Coffeedoff UK / February 13, 2011 at 07:04 am
Amazing ice! great photos.

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