Snow and Ice
I have a passion for snow and ice. Maybe it’s the harshness of the environment in these icy places or the many species that inhabit these harsh environments all over the planet. It could be the sheer tenacity that they display to survive there, then again, tenacity is a human attribute. These creatures have just evolved to survive there. It soon dawned on me why I love going to cold places to photograph these beauties. It was all about me.
Having grown up in warm South Africa, it was my curiosity of the new, which sparked the interest I think. It’s such a foreign concept to dress up in countless layers of down and gortex. It also takes a while to enjoy the challenge of fiddling with small buttons, wearing large gloves. And it’s all thanks to that great invention, the needle, which has allowed humans to live and thrive in these frozen parts. But, as you sit in a hide, on a boat or simply lie on the ground in a snowdrift, you realise that you wouldn’t survive out there. And that brings out the pseudo-adventurer’s spirit for a few hours.
Below are some of my favourites from England, Scotland, Norway, Svalbard and the Arctic.
You might be interested in two other blogs related to wonderful creatures from the snow and ice.
Chasing Hares in the Cairngorms, Scotland
Next stop, frozen Canada and the USA.
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