White winter at Mt Zao, Japan

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Mt Zao is one the most picturesque mountain valleys in the Tohoku region of Japan, a skiing resort that opens during winter and a major tourist attraction. Mt Zao is a complex volcano, the most active in northern Honshu. We arrived in the beautifully snow-laden mountains in midwinter. Obvious as may sound, we were greeted by furious freezing winds. After skiing, I concentrated on taking photographs of the mountains. We travelled 1600 m higher by cable car to a temperature of -20 degree Celsius. They were standing, the snow-covered snow monsters – frost-covered trees on the slopes. Taking a photograph at this point was nearly impossible but I couldn't just resist, says KESAVAN RAVI.

Kesavan Ravi is a student at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan

It was midwinter (during Christmas) and Mt Zao was furiously cold. We were on our way to the hotel and the freezing winds did not allow us to move forward.
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It was midwinter (during Christmas) and Mt Zao was furiously cold. We were on our way to the hotel and the freezing winds did not allow us to move forward.
Snow on the dark leaves of the trees gave an exotic impression of white leaves. A beautiful scene to behold.
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Snow on the dark leaves of the trees gave an exotic impression of white leaves. A beautiful scene to behold.
Strong winds from nearby lakes carry water droplets which freeze on the branches of the trees. Falling snow later settles on these ice formations.
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Strong winds from nearby lakes carry water droplets which freeze on the branches of the trees. Falling snow later settles on these ice formations.
This snow-laden landscape is made more beautiful thanks to the little house in the centre of it.
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This snow-laden landscape is made more beautiful thanks to the little house in the centre of it.
Altitude 1600m. Snow at this altitude was just too heavy. Temperature around -20 degree Celsius. Taking a photograph was nearly impossible. But the whites! I couldn't stop myself.
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Altitude 1600m. Snow at this altitude was just too heavy. Temperature around -20 degree Celsius. Taking a photograph was nearly impossible. But the whites! I couldn't stop myself.
More of the beautiful white against white.
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More of the beautiful white against white.
Couldn't resist clicking pictures in heavy snowfall.
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Couldn't resist clicking pictures in heavy snowfall.
Aomori fir trees coated with extremely wet snow and ice carried by a cold Siberian jet stream froze them solid into some of the most peculiar shapes I’ve ever seen.
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Aomori fir trees coated with extremely wet snow and ice carried by a cold Siberian jet stream froze them solid into some of the most peculiar shapes I’ve ever seen.
Blurry Vision: When I took my camera from the cold outside to the warm and comfortable interiors, the lens fogged up to give this photo "the effect."
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Blurry Vision: When I took my camera from the cold outside to the warm and comfortable interiors, the lens fogged up to give this photo "the effect."
Eerily beautiful: The white trees on the slopes of the mountain had a strange beauty. I was confused whether to be sad or happy.
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Eerily beautiful: The white trees on the slopes of the mountain had a strange beauty. I was confused whether to be sad or happy.
The crystalline snow on the leaves and branches gives the impression that the trees are actually white.
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The crystalline snow on the leaves and branches gives the impression that the trees are actually white.
A long view of one of the ski slopes.
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A long view of one of the ski slopes.
The cable car windows gave me a really close view of this beautiful array of trees. I felt as if I was walking with them.
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The cable car windows gave me a really close view of this beautiful array of trees. I felt as if I was walking with them.
Another view of the trees.
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Another view of the trees.
Mt Zao has a small town where you can shop for essential items.
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Mt Zao has a small town where you can shop for essential items.
The sun wore a circular, rainbow-hued halo when the snowing stopped and the sky cleared.
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The sun wore a circular, rainbow-hued halo when the snowing stopped and the sky cleared.
It was a relief when it stopped snowing. We could take out our cameras and resume shooting!
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It was a relief when it stopped snowing. We could take out our cameras and resume shooting!
A beautiful landscape near the Zao mountains.
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A beautiful landscape near the Zao mountains.

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