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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more…]

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The Radiating Beauty of Wheel Icicles

Thursday 01.23.2014 , Posted by
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In the frigid lands of the great white north, when the temperatures are just the right kind of cold, strange things can happen on the roads. No, I’m not talking about sliding into giant snow drifts, or even driving on a frozen lake… I’m talking about the beautiful phenomenon of wheel icicles. [Read more…]

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Beautiful Frozen Lighthouses on Lake Michigan

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one place you don’t want to be standing in a storm, it’s right next to the frigid waters of Lake Michigan in winter. Then again, on the sunny day following the storm, it’s downright beautiful. Photographer Thomas Zakowski recently hit the shores of the massive lake with his camera, aimed at capturing the fantastic lighthouses that dot the shore. His images of the ice covered towers and their surrounding piers are simply stunning. [Read more…]

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Instruments Made From Ice: The Hauntingly Beautiful Music of Terje Isungset

Monday 01.06.2014 , Posted by
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I was listening to a fascinating BBC Outlook broadcast last week, featuring interviews about Life in the Cold, when right in the middle, beautiful music began to play. What could make music cold? It was the work of Norwegian artist Terje Isungset, a pioneering musician who makes many of his instruments himself… out of ice. Since the early ‘80s he’s been experimenting with natural elements in the instruments he makes – like wood, stones, or metal – but it was only in 1999 that he began creating instruments entirely carved from ice. [Read more…]

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Ice Ice Baby: The Winter Wonderland Inside Soap Bubbles At Frigid Temperatures

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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Everyone loves blowing bubbles outside, but not many of us think to do it when the temperatures are below freezing. Angela Kelly, a photographer based in Washington state, decided to trek outside with her 7 year-old son and a homemade bubble solution of dish soap, Karo syrup, and water when the temperatures fell to 9 degrees. She created stunning planetary orb-like crystal balls and photographed them so that the light reflected beautifully off of their frozen formations. She calls the series Frozen in a Bubble. [Read more…]

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Massive Ice Typography With A Message

Friday 03.22.2013 , Posted by

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Environmental artist Nicole Dextras creates larger than life installations with a message to share, but the message only lasts as long as the weather permits. For her series Signs of Change, Dextras used wooden forms to create ice words that ranged from 18inches to 8 feet tall and placed them in various locations throughout Canada from the highly trafficked metropolis of Toronto to the pristine corners of the Yukon. The angle from which they are viewed as well as how far along they are in the melting process determine how a person might interpret them. She uses coloring in some of the sculptures to make them stand out more and make sure her message gets noticed and takes photographs and time lapse videos to record their life and eventual death. The medium of ice shows the transient nature of all things. [Read more…]

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Cool Igloo Hotel in Finland

Wednesday 12.26.2012 , Posted by

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The Igloo Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland is one the nicest hotels in cold climates one can visit. Every igloo is provided with a clear glass ceiling which allows guests to gaze at the beautiful northern lights and stars, all while relaxing comfortably in their warm room. [Read more…]

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Icy Caverns Under The Tianuksa River

Tuesday 03.06.2012 , Posted by


There is a beauty that lies underneath the icy Tianuksa River in Leningradskaya Oblast, Russia. An otherworldly cavern of layered ice and glistening crystalline forming under the surface of the river. This phenomenon of a place was discovered by 55-year-old Russian photographer Yuri Ovchinnikov and his son completely by accident. Air gaps create a two foot gap allowing the brave explorers to carefully crawl into the cave in hopes that the ice would not crack beneath them. [Read more…]

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Snowflakes Up Close: A Small, Fragile World

Monday 12.20.2010 , Posted by

If you’re one of those people who likes to ponder things while looking out a frosty window on a cold winter day, these pictures will clear up one of those long standing wonders: each snowflake really IS unique. Some look like roman columns, others circuit boards or spaceships. Taken under high magnification using a microscope, these images bring a fragile and beautiful world into view.

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They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it? – Jeanette Winterson

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