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These Friends Built a Floating Mobile Sauna

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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When life finds you in the grips of the far north, the best way to put a smile on your face is with a warm sauna. The next step is to take a plunge into a cold body of water… but you don’t want to run too far. This group of friends from Joensuu, Finland has the right idea: they built an altogether awesome mobile sauna in the form of a boat – complete with hammocks for summer use, a top deck to jump off and style galore. If this is sailing, sign me up! [Read more…]

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We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance. [Read more…]

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How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more…]

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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more…]

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What if the Winter Olympics Were Happening in New York City?

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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What if instead of heading for Russia this year, the Winter Olympics were going down in good old New York City? After losing the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the New York Times has imagined what it would look like if the city hosted the snowy version of the games instead… right in downtown Manhattan. As it turns out, the games would probably command more resources than even the Big Apple could pull together. [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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Harbin Ice Festival 2014 Unveils Some of Their Snow Sculptures Early

Thursday 12.26.2013 , Posted by
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Although temperatures reach -30 °C, many people flock to China each Winter to explore the magical Harbin Ice Festival. Some of the finest ice and snow sculptors in the world come to showcase their talents, creating massive snow creations that tower over the Winter Wonderland. The official annual start date of the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is January 5th and goes through the end of February, but sculptures of this magnitude take quite a bit of time to prepare, so we can get a little sneak peak of what to expect. 80% of the sculptures are done, and those visiting now get to see them in the making. [Read more…]

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