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Whimsical Bear

The Snow Carving Competition is a regular feature at the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. Each year, Whitehorse plays host to teams from around the world. This year, we had some excellent entries from Japan, China, Michigan, and the Yukon, among others, but my favourite was this one executed by Team Alaska. It was a real flight of fancy featuring a lazy bear taking, what appeared to be, a mid winter nap on the roof of a cabin. Presumably the unsuspecting trapper or miner who owned the residence had already fled in terror. All in all, an excellent effort.

 

The problem with the snow sculpture competition, is photographing it well. Taking pictures of snow carvings is just photographing white on white, which underplays variations of line and shape, so I performed some fairly radical post processing to emphasize the detail and drama in this piece.

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Taken on February 22, 2014