Thanks to an ingenious mother from Edmonton it’s quite possible nobody will every build a plain white igloo again. The adventure began with a kernel of an idea from Brigid Burton, whose daughter Kathleen Starrie and boyfriend Daniel Gray, an engineering student, were coming for a winter visit from New Zealand. Wanting to “keep him occupied” during the frigid winter days that often dip down to -25 °F (-31 °C), last October she began filling paper cartons with colored water and setting them outside to form translucent ice bricks. She hoped Gray’s engineering skills would do the rest. Like a total champ he accepted the challenge and with the help of additional family and neighbors the team spent nearly 150 hours fitting the 500 ice bricks into place. After completion the raingbow igloo was so visually striking the local news showed up to do a feature on it.
You can read the full story at the Global Edmonton and see many more construction photos here. Pretty sure Kathleen is basically required to marry this guy now. (via reddit)
Incredibly beautiful capture of a frozen statue. Spent twenty minutes trying to find the photographer with no luck. Anyone? (via fasels suppe)
Update: It’s by photographer Miika Järvinen, as part of this series. Unfortunately there’s not an easy way to browse it, but if you like barren icescapes, there’s some real gems. (thnx, william!)
In Chicago we’re about to cross the 50 degree mark for the first time in 30 years. Or at least it feels that way. This video by Tony Round shot for a Gizmodo video challenge seems like a good sendoff to a pretty nasty winter. I could watch spontaneous snow forming like this for hours. Beautiful. Audio by Matt Makauskas.
So in case you haven’t heard Chicago got a few feet of snow last night. My son was thrilled to wake up to 6-foot snow drifts and snowmobiles zooming around on the street for his third birthday. I grabbed a camera and headed down to the lake for a bit this morning to snap a couple shots. As I write this I still can’t feel my face but it was fun to be out there in the middle of it.
This last August before a trip to Alaska a 16-year-old from New Jersey who goes by the Flickr name Cabe26 decided he wanted to pick up photography. The tiny worlds above, flipped, magnified and skewed through tiny glass marbles are among his very first photographs. Here’s a quote from an interview with Short List:
“I realised I could innovate the idea using a much smaller piece of glass and using new techniques, strategies and compostions,” he explained. “I realised I had hit on something when I took the first picture. Before even processing it I realised the idea worked out perfectly. The focus was superb, the composition was right on, and it was eye-catching.”
Cabe26, please don’t ever put that camera down. (via short list)
I shot this photo early this morning after the Weezer show. Totally bizarre.
Stumbled onto this great series of winter photos by Francois Cayla.
makes great gloves to use with your touch-screen electronics sans the gimmicky designs you often see with these kinds of things. One hundred percent Merino lambswool from the UK and perfect for Chicago el platforms in the winter.