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How Bad Are Arctic Winters? One Photo Says It All.

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If you were idly wondering what it might be like to visit the High Canadian Arctic in the dead of winter, this incredible new shot of a cup of hot tea freezing in mid-air sums it up nicely: Cold. As. Hell.


The breathtaking image above was captured by photographer Michael Davies and his buddy Markus, as they stood at the top of a mountain near Pangnirtung, a 1,400-strong Inuit village located just 12 miles south of Arctic Circle. Making sure to align their icy excursion with the 2.5 hours of winter sunlight, the two took a Ski-Doo to high ground so that they could glean a few extra rays off the horizon.

“Prepared with multiple thermos filled with tea we began tossing the water and shooting,” Davies explained to Gizmodo in an email. “Nothing of this shot was chance. I followed the temperature, I watched for calm wind, planned the shot and set it up. Even the sun in the middle of the spray was something i was hoping for.”


Well done, sir, well done. I only hope Davies rewarded himself with a nice, hot cup of something at the end of the day.

Image courtesy of Michael Davies. You can check out more of his work on his website and Flickr page.

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“How cold is it?”

“Negative fifty.”

“Wow... Is that Celsius or Fahrenheit?”

“It doesn’t fucking matter.”