Over the weekend, the local shopping mall put on an ice sculpture event. What a brilliant idea. Now, I'm as much a fan of sculptured ice as anyone (I like mouthwash too, but once it's gone, it's gone, leaving only minty breath behind). The reason for my implied sarcasm: the local shopping mall is located in Hawaii under a mild climate of 83 degrees. Why wouldn't we make ice sculptures? The conditions are perfect! At any rate, someone must have had a good time with the chainsaw and chisel, because by the time I got there, there were three half-melted blocks of ice.
At first I thought this one was a palm tree (what can I say, the tropical climate being on my mind), but was informed that it was some sort of Christmas stocking.
This one actually does look like a Christmas stocking - with a reindeer sitting inside of it.
I failed to capture the other sculpture (it was a species of bird, I believe) and the lake of water on the floor that came dangerously close to some electrical wires, but why waste your time on what I didn't see? I did photograph the real live Christmas palm tree:
If that doesn't say Christmas spirit, I don't know what does.