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Gesundheit!

Greatest photo title seen in a while. Thank all the gods our winter has been mild.

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I was randomly wasting time on the web when I stumbled across this earlier. At first, I thought someone had caught me in one of my surprise sneezes this morning. My sinuses hate the cold, dry air this time of year.

The truth is a lot more interesting. Ontario-based photographer Michael Davies timed this impressive shot of his friend Markus hurling a thermos of hot tea through the air yesterday in -40°C weather near the Arctic Circle. At such frigid temperatures water freezes instantly to form a dramatic plume of ice. For the last decade Davies has worked as a photographer in the fly-in community of Pangnirtung in Canada’s High Arctic, only 20km south of the Arctic Circle, a place that sees about two hours of sunlight each day during the winter.

Found at: http://tinyurl.com/jx97xzg

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By JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

7 replies on “Gesundheit!”

What a fabulous, stunning photograph! It’s genuinely one of the best I have seen in ages and the story behind it is interesting too. We had better all head out to the Arctic before it turns into a soggy marsh due to climate change and the only polar bears are bored out of their minds in zoos… http://bit.ly/1ER5cLY

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Wow! Impressive. I’ve never been to the Arctic, but I have experienced -40 (which is the same in both degrees C and F, btw). I lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 1980 to 1992. Every winter there would be a day or two when the temperature hit that point. I didn’t think to go out and try something like this, though.

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