Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Igloo in Exeter

What's an ice fisherman to do after catching 200 smelt on the Squamscot River in Exeter, NH?


Leave the fish shack and


build an igloo out of river ice. I like how it has an ice block bench built right in!

The ice is about 16 inches thick. The blocks in a rectangle surround where the river ice was cut using a chainsaw.


The igloo has some historic backdrops.


I love this mill building. I'm always glad to have an excuse to photograph it.


Mills that have been converted to apartments


Igloo with a more natural backdrop


The small building behind the igloo is the Exeter Powderhouse, where gun powder for the town was once stored.

22 comments:

Marsel said...

This is really unique!

Hilary said...

I love it! Very cool.

Theresa said...

Oh, that's my favorite mill building too! Love the color and the way it sort of rambles on.
The igloo, way cool, in both ways. Wonder how the smelts tasted?

Jennifer said...

That is VERY cool - but tell me is the river ice 16" thick in the river - or is it thicker??? I was just trying to imagine how one would cut such a block without the danger of falling in! That's a lot of ice!!!

Synnøve. said...

Looks verry cold.
Igloos is nice to see. You show me that its not only eskimos who uses igloos.

Even on Madeira there is an igloo. But only one. They buildt it in congcreat on the mountain to use for ice. And when the hotels or the hospital needed ice, some pore devile had to climb the hills to fetch the ice.

In Sweden, there is an icehotell. Its openingtime are from december to april. Then the sun and the wind has done its works.

Sitting here in the early morning whit a could and a terrible koff. Cant sleep.
Time to take som medicin I guess.
Hugs from me.
Synnöve.

Gjeani said...

I love the little point on top of the igloo. Nice pictures!

Delighted Hands said...

What a find! My neighbor built one when I was a kid and I will never forget sitting inside it...amazing. (He was an engineer!)

Colleen said...

That's awesome - my son adds "WOW - that's REALLY cool!!!!"

charlotte said...

The translucence and beauty of this igloo is striking! I also love old factory buildings, wouldn't it be lovely to have a studio in a place like this?

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

That is so neat -- really amazing. It makes my ice caves look ho-hum. Great pictures.

Sara said...

that is really cool...I've always wanted to see an igloo on one of our lakes up here.

Love the windows in those mill buildings - can you imagine having that kind of light coming in...

bspinner said...

Love it!!!!! Coolest igloo I've ever seen.

Sharon said...

Great shots and my favorite is the mills that have been converted to apartments. Recycling!!

Life Looms Large said...

I was in Exeter this evening and the igloo is gone. I'm really glad I got pictures of it...but I'll have to go back when it's light out to see what happened to it. I could make out a pile of rubble and the outline of where the ice was cut in the fading light tonight.

So glad I got to see it!

Sue

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I've never see a real igloo, that is so very cool!

Charlotte said...

I love how they shimmer in the light. You wouldn't want to try that in Exeter in Devon here in the UK - the rivers are even frozen over let along 16 inches thick with it! Really interesting photos.

Charlotte said...

Typo there - I meant "are not even frozen" - sorry!

Valerie said...

Love this! Thank you!

BM1566 said...

Actually..... It's not an igloo at all..... it's an environmentally friendly smelt shack ! A couple of my classmates from High School built it !

Bob Parizo said...

Nice job putting together the pictures. I'm in the process of downloading more pictures of the igloo. Kirk and I, my daughter Seairra and Kevin Simmons built it. ~ Bob Parizo

Life Looms Large said...

I'm glad to know who built it!! It was beautiful. I was so bummed out when I drove by a few days later and it was already gone.

When you get your pics online, let me know so I can see them too! (That much ice seems like a long time ago with this crazy, but welcome, warm March weather.)

Sue

Jim Lee said...

Here's the 2011 model igloo.

http://www.portsmouthhomecenter.com/exeter-new-hampshire-igloo-update