I'm not sure the Cheshire Cat was smiling with excellence in mind, but he was my personal favorite from the Saint Paul ice sculptures this year. This picture is just a vignette from the entire larger sculpture depicting Alice in Wonderland.
Last year's Saint Paul Winter Carnival melted before the Carnival was done. To add insult to the injury of the melt, the medallion was found almost immediately preventing the die hard enthusiasts from scrounging and digging throughout the city parks. This year is different. Six degree days make perfect weather for snow and ice sculpture preservation. A few extra layers of clothing make the traverse through the cold actually comfortable! I missed the photo op of the man (or woman?) clad in orange ski mask and dark snowmobile goggles complete with head to toe gear. The unisex uniform had to be warm although the strangers walking alongside had no clue as to the true identity of the person within! If you missed the sculptures, here are a few for your enjoyment.