You know what they say - don't eat macro snow. Andrew Osokin does macro lenses proud in this series of perfect, tiny snowflakes. They may be fragile and delicate but I still wish I could eat them.
My whole life I've thought that all I want at Christmas time is food, Champagne and presents. I was wrong. Because now I've discovered these beautiful, classy ice cubes which can be made right at home, and I can never go without them again. All you need are some small plastic cups and all the rosemary, redcurrants and physalis you have lying around. These elegant little additions to the Christmas table add a dash of seasonal color and will have your guests falling over in joy - but that could also be the champagne.
These intricate patterns in the snow are not the work of cold–weather aliens, but of artist Simon Beck, a "snow artist" who spends hours creating these massive designs by walking very, very carefully. Each final piece is the size of three soccer fields. More of Simon's work is below, along with the work of another snow artist, Sonja Hinrichsen.
A beautiful rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Sugar Plum Fairy" performed by the Glass Duo in Bologna, Italy. Just in case you were looking for that little Christmassy boost.
This house looks just like something that a child would draw when imagining their dream house. Except architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson actually built it. The Combs Point Residence, located in the New York Finger Lakes region, spans from delta to forest and allows for it's residents to be surrounded by nature from every angle. It's no wonder the firm won six different awards for this abode.
From the photographer: "Snow flakes like this only appear when the temperature is about -5ºC; too warm and they'll be big, but not symmetrical, and will melt quickly; too cold and they'll be symmetrical, but really small and not very interesting. This is taken on a mohair scarf, with natural light, at f9.5, and 1 second."