Tuesday, 02 April 2013 23:35

Avalanche Emergency Backpack from Skadi


Designed by Øystein Helle Husby, the Skadi ABS Avalanche Backpack is designed to protect ski patrollers in case of an avalanche, which ranks among my least desired ways to die. The backpack creates volume that allows the wearer to float on top of the avalanche, and features a front-peel pocket that allows immediate access to necessities.

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Feast your eyes on these serene and beautiful examples of symmetry, brought to you by mother nature and photographic technology. There also may or may not an ominous undertone that stirs up memories of Kubrick's similarly wintery adaptation of The Shining. From Oliver Latta.

Symmetrees from Oliver Latta (extraweg) on Vimeo.

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It can sometimes be tricky to tell the seasons apart, so renowned artist Philip Haas has made it easy for us. His exhibition entitled Four Seasons includes four large sculptures depicting Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Inspired by the Renaissance-era work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Haas has morphed classic portraits into larger-than-life 3D representations. The sculptures are made from plants and other organic material that is truthful to each season. They will stand 15 feet tall in the New York Botanical Gardens from May 18 to October 27, 2013.

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The work of photographer Takeshi Suga is soft, sentimental and nostalgic. Looking through his images makes me feel like I'm remembering vague recollections from a nonexistent film. His hazy photography evokes mysteries and secrets of these landscapes. The vintage-esque filters give us the effect of looking through a lens into the past. Suga's Winter Wonderland series is delicate and surreal. It takes me back to that ski trip I once took.... or did I?

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Photographer Timothy Corbin captured these ice-covered trees after a storm on Lake Ontario. Even in unforgiving weather, the trees find a way to bloom with these frozen formations.

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Filmed in 2011 during a snowstorm, Winter in Yosemite is a vibrant timelapse that showcases the majesty of Yosemite National Park. The filmmaker, Henry Jun Wah Lee, is an internationally renowned photographer and a practicing physician of traditional Chinese medicine, whose work has been featured in The Atlantic

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Wondering where all the ice and snow has gone recently? No, it's not global warming. It's all disappeared to Quebec, where the magnificent "Hotel de Glace" has been redesigned for a new year. The extravagant lovechild between an igloo and a Hilton, the Hotel De Glace contains 44 suites for wonderfully wintery escapades. The building is reconstructed every winter, allowing for new designs each year. This season is its thirteenth opening and explores a "A Journey to the Center of Winter" theme. The hotels icy doors are open to visitors until March 2013, when the first ray of sun will return to Canada.

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Happy Sundog! It's been pretty bone-chillingly cold in New York this week, which means thermal underwear for all. If you've been in a similar winter rut, here's a nice reminder of why winter isn't always bad. That is, dogs look extra adorable when they're covered in snow, and they don't even three layers of chunky wool socks to brave the cold. Liv and Phileas are two best friends living in Chablais, France, which is some kind of magical winter wonderland from Narnia, as far as I can tell. They've been spending skiing (on paws), frolicking, and generally looking like an advertisement for the ultimate winter vacation.

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Sunday, 06 January 2013 14:39

Rainbow Igloos and Other Canadian Pastimes


"Meet the Parents" should have been set in Edmonton and starred Canadian resident Brigid Burton, a woman worthy of the "most creatively protective" parent of the year award. Her daughter Kathleen Starrie had invited a New Zealand man over for the holidays, and while the star crossed lovers awaited the visit, Kathleen's mother had another plan in mind. When Daniel Gray arrived in Edmonton he was welcomed with greetings, affection and the world's strangest mission: to build a rainbow igloo. For months, Burton had saved blocks of colored ice in used cartons in preparation for this task, in an attempt to keep Gray's hands away from her daughter. The igloo was completed after 150 hours and 500 colored blocks, resulting in a beautiful icy hut which proved Gray worthy of Brigid's respect.

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Saturday, 29 December 2012 13:12

Owl by Artem Andronov


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