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Buddah Greeting

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 2 January 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The National Ice Carving Association (NICA) is a global organization based in the United States that is devoted to promoting the art of ice sculpture or ice carving, networking carvers, education, business and competition across the country and around the world. With nearly 400 members, NICA sanctions and organizes ice carving competitions around the world. Providing standardized guidelines for judging, learning seminars and certifying carvers, NICA has given the art focus and direction. Continually reaching for the highest standards, NICA carvers have become some of the best in the world.

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Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
Benjamin Franklin

I don't think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion.
~Barry Williams

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5***

2 Jan 2012 8:22am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are very kind! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Wow! Excellente sculpture de neige! Très beau travail!

2 Jan 2012 8:46am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Happy buda!!!!! Nice!

2 Jan 2012 8:57am

@Lalena: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

L'Angevine from Angers, France

il m'a l'air heureux ce buddha

2 Jan 2012 9:37am

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup L'Angevine! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

A good guard for he stroller parking !

2 Jan 2012 9:39am

@Gérard Beullac: LOL....Thank you very much Gerard! ;-))

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

I love these Buddha statues, they make me fell slim and fit.

2 Jan 2012 9:57am

@Göran: ROFL...I guess it all depends on what we use as a yardstick!! Thank you very much Goran! ;-))

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Pretty and smiling white sculpture ... delicious and fun! A hug Eric! Adela

2 Jan 2012 10:05am

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is ice?

2 Jan 2012 10:17am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! No, this is a snow sculpture....the ice sculptures will follow shortly! ;-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Great sculpture... So sad they don't last forever ! I hope you had a great start in 2012... wish you all the best :)

2 Jan 2012 10:51am

@Tamara: Thank you very much Tamara! Yes, much like sand sculpting you need to enjoy their fleeting beauty in the moment as they are very transitory! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture - a cool carving that seems to glow with a purity of spirit!

2 Jan 2012 11:05am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! Yes, there does seem to be an inner glow to him! ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle blancheur et iamge superbe quelle suclpture fantastique captage.

bravo et amitié

2 Jan 2012 11:46am

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! ;-)

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

so clean and so creative
I like the atmosphere and sense of this image very much
like that blue sky (really nice blue)
and those houses with snow..
a kind image and fantastic art :)

2 Jan 2012 11:47am

@Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡: Thank you very much Elaheh! Yes, these beautiful blue skies go a long way in making winters easier to deal with! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

how "cool" is this ?!?
enjoy these ice sculptures while you still can (i.e. while you still have the right temperatures) - global warming will do away with them soon enough ... :-((

2 Jan 2012 12:24pm

@franz: LOL....I think they will have to turn the heat way up for us!!! Thank you very much Franz! ;-))

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful image ! super in details ;)

2 Jan 2012 12:37pm

@Mariana M.: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love the Snow Buddha but his belly looks a little cold to rub.

2 Jan 2012 1:07pm

@Ralph Jones: LOL....only if you take your gloves off! Thank you very much Ralph! ;-))

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb ! A beautiful framing of this iceman !

2 Jan 2012 1:14pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

tatar@y from France

Wow ... superbe sculpture ... on a l'impression qu'il sort de l'air de sa bouche !... ))
Bonne journée.

2 Jan 2012 2:01pm

@tatar@y: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great one!! Well seen and caught!

2 Jan 2012 2:16pm

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful smiling Buddha sculpture. Interesting information about NICA. Great shot, Eric! Well done. :)

2 Jan 2012 2:29pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, a great sculpture and you captured it very well

2 Jan 2012 2:37pm

@Roman: Thank you very much Roman! ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is so great!!!

2 Jan 2012 2:38pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Must have ate a lot of ice cream, however. Wonderful photo, Eric. Happy New Year
again to you.

2 Jan 2012 2:43pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: LOL......Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

Wouhaaaaaaaaa!! quelle réalisation!! C'est superbe!!!!

2 Jan 2012 2:50pm

@gootchai: Merci beaucoup Martine! ;-)

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

great image that I had never seen, but I like a big kiss. Alejandra

2 Jan 2012 3:01pm

@AMH: Thank you very much Alejandra! ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Glückwunsch an den Künstler und Fotografen.

2 Jan 2012 3:20pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank Heinz! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I wonder why we do not have something like that here in North Texas...oh, wait, we don't have ice or snow. ;-) This is interesting, and I'm guessing you will show us more.

2 Jan 2012 3:28pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, definitely more to come! ;-)

rose from France

excellent !! j'adore !! Bonne année !

2 Jan 2012 4:21pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

They are real artists. Nice one.
Have a nice time, Eric.

2 Jan 2012 4:40pm

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! ;-)

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this beautiful work of art in such an unlikely material. Well done.

2 Jan 2012 4:40pm

@Slackwater Don: LOL....we have lots of that material up here! Thank you very much Don! ;-))

Lena from San Francisco, United States

So great greeting image.....:-)) I really like it. Happy New Year Eric !!!

2 Jan 2012 5:18pm

@Lena: Thank you very much Lena! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Une véritable oeuvre d'art

2 Jan 2012 6:47pm

@Calusarus: Merci beaucoup Fred! ;-)

Yvon from Orleans, France

great wonderful capture, Eric

2 Jan 2012 7:39pm

@Yvon: Thank you very much Yvon! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful:)) bravo

2 Jan 2012 7:56pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I am amazed by the super-smooth texture they achieved on this snow sculpture ... and see a bit of an ice sculpture off the right. This is a grand image, Eric.

2 Jan 2012 9:40pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, it is very tightly packed snow and results in a very firm consistency! Ice sculptures to come shortly! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic! A happy hotei buddha for good luck! We need to rub his tummy!

2 Jan 2012 11:38pm

@Elaine Hancock: LOL.....Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Holy crap, that's amazing! Very cool shot, Eric!

3 Jan 2012 12:22am

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! ;-)

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Just looks weird to see a Buddha of snow...well exposed - snow is never easy!

3 Jan 2012 1:54am

@Shar: Thank you very much Shar! ;-)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

muy bien trabajado este buda, impresionante!!! lo supiste ver muy bien, un abrazo!!

3 Jan 2012 4:26am

@Isidro: Muchas gracias Isidro! ;-)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Happy New Year!

3 Jan 2012 6:13am

@Magda: Thank you very much Magda! ;-)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so wonderful shot
well done

3 Jan 2012 9:18am

@Shaahin Bahremand: Thank you very much Shaahin! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This Hotei, god of contentment and happiness, is very much like us,people...He is said to be the only human being among the "Seven Deities of Good Fortune" (Shichifuku-jin).
I like your capture of it, it really made me laugh!

3 Jan 2012 2:08pm

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! I am glad I was able to put a smile on your face! ;-))

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Never seen a snow/ice buddah..original..nice shot

4 Jan 2012 6:34pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! Yes, a first for me also! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a great shot of this wonderful ice sculpture.

5 Jan 2012 5:57am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! ;-)

1/750 second
ISO 100
97 mm (35mm equiv.)