Monday, March 8, 2010

Minnehaha Falls


Not far from downtown Minneapolis, the Minnehaha Creek winds from Lake Minnetonka, east across south Minneapolis until it reaches Minnehaha Falls where it plunges 53 feet down a gorge on its way to the Mississippi River. The falls is another iconic Minnesota Landmark. The falls is also famous world wide because of its reference in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "The Song of Hiawatha." Longfellow referred to the Falls of Minnehaha as the "Laughing Water" however the name Minnehaha came from the Dakota name Mnigaga which translated is Mni meaning 'water' and gaga meaning 'curling' or 'waterfall'. The falls was originally name Browns Falls in the early 1800s.

In the winter the falls becomes a magical palace of ice.

21 comments:

Munin said...

Wow impressive ice pack :) sure wich we had some nice big waterfalls near Stockholm, Sweden.

Carver said...

Those winter falls are gorgeous. They are truly magic.

Sylvia K said...

Absolutely fantastic! And, yes, they are magic. Terrific photo! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

The Early Birder said...

Nature produces some stunning sculptures. FAB.

Carolyn Ford said...

Fabulous ice sculptures created by the falling water. This is such a great photo of something those of us in so. California can't imagine in our world.

JOE TODD said...

Nice post. The frozen waterfalls in Ohio are starting to melt.. I'm ready

J Bar said...

That's amazing. Like nothing I've seen before.
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Coastcard said...

An incredible photograph - awesome. I find the Longfellow link fascinating as I have loved the poem for as long as I can remember. Thank you - a great post.

Gunsside Norway said...

Very nice shot, cold and clean ;)

squirrel said...

You could never have described that in words. Fantastic photo!

Tes said...

Interesting shot! Amazing!

Randi said...

Terrific shot of impressive water falls.

Arija said...

Wonderful in their winter petrified state. A great shot!

jay said...

Good grief - that looks viciously cold!

And it reminds me of the stalactites and stalagmites in a cave! Great shot. :)

LadyFi said...

Amazing shot of the water laughing with ice.

abbey meadows said...

Came across your blog...amazing. Wonderful wildlife photography. will keep visiting regularly.

Andree said...

I love ice falls, and this is ice falls! Thank you so much. It's stunning.

sweet bay said...

Those falls make an amazing ice sculpture in winter.

The Explorer said...

I learned a new word from you aside from seeing the great work of your photography arts.

This kind of scene to me is not always to be found since I am living in tropical country.

The Explorer said...

Here's my contribution in That's My World..

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Ice luges said...

Awesome photography. These types of natural ice sculpture very hard to find. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.