There used to be only three occasions when I loved snow: when I was skiing, when it was Christmas, and when it gave me a Snow Day from school or work. Now that I live in California I miss looking out my window to a beautiful blanket of snow. I miss having snowball fights with my friends, catching snowflakes on my tongue, building snowmen, and making snow angels. But I will never miss cleaning snow off my car, having wet pants at work all day from the lake sized slush puddles on every corner in NYC, or getting gray sludge splashed at me when a taxi driver passed by. Snow is one thing that I love to visit, but am just fine without. We searched Instagram to bring you a collection of photos that shows the upside of a love/hate relationship with snow. [Read more...]
It’s the end of a natural process that many of us see millions of times every year – the creation of tiny snowflakes which together build the white wonderland of winter snow. But, just how many of us have really looked into what happens behind that process? How exactly does a snowflake form? [Read more...]
Traveling during the holidays is a necessary evil for many of us. Some are lucky enough to have family live in the same city —or a neighboring one — and their travel times are basically nonexistent. Then, there are the unfortunate bunch who had to nail down their air travel plans months ago to make sure they’d arrive home in time for the holidays. Air travel is always stressful during the winter holidays, but nothing incites frustration and rage more than a delayed or cancelled flight. [Read more...]
The time it takes to create great art is often unfathomable, but imagine if snow were the medium and each piece could take up to ten hours! That sounds excruciating! Snow artist Simon Beck does just that, creating intricate geometric patterns reminiscent of crop circles in the snow, often on top of lakes, in the middle of the night! He plans his designs with a ruler and protractor, then straps on his snowshoes, and super-sizes the pattern with his footsteps. Most of his designs are completed at the ski resort Les Arcs, in the French Alps, where he lives for the Winter. What a remarkable sight to see from a ski lift! [Read more...]
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...]
Today we take a trip down memory mountain, looking at some of the iconic snowboard ads that put the sport on the map. Snowboarding hasn’t always been the popular ride of the slopes that it is today; not long ago, some of us might remember, it was actually shunned by most of the ski parks. Boarders would literally have to hike to the top of a slope or get a snowmobile ride just to cut a line through some powder.
So give thanks for the pioneers of snowboarding and board on! [Read more...]
When it snows in New Jersey, it really snows! Capturing ever-building drifts of snow over a 40 hour period, photographer Michael Black measured 32 inches of powdery snow after a December 26th snowstorm. To film the event, he used a Canon DSLR on a tripod with a remote timer taking an image every 5 minutes.
If you’ve ever run through the snow and jumped into a hot tub you might be able to relate to what the people in these photos feel like… well, at least running in the snow wearing next to nothing. These people, however, aren’t jumping into warm hot tubs after their frosty frolick – they’re jumping into Siberia’s Yenisei River. Apparently these swim club members have made a tradition of it. Running around in Speedos and bikinis in -36 degrees? That’s just not my kind of cool. [Read more...]
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.
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