Infinitesimal Reality: Winter is Melting



Winter’s cold grasp is starting to get warm. Let’s shrink our perspective and take a closer look at melting snow sculptures—crafted by the chromatic edge of sunlight. We all have seen fluffy white stuff descend from moody clouds. Now it’s time to witness the demise of a frigid season.

If you’re expecting to see icy swans, well…prepare to be disappointed. You’re not going to see any of that. These snow sculptures are mutated and don’t resemble anything you have ever seen. But that’s okay.

Each photographic frame represents a brief moment. You’ll see how a melting snow sculpture changes over time. It’s somewhat difficult to convey how fast the sculptures melted. Hold on. Let’s back up.

I had to wait an entire year and stalk for the right opportunity. Reversed-coupled macro photography requires certain considerations, and since the magnification was quite high—filming the movie induced a major pain in my ass…especially since lighting conditions were far from ideal. Figures.

A powerful wizard cast a warm spell and melted all the snow in my local area. Unusual weather granted me the opportunity I was waiting for. Spring Equinox begins on March 20, 2018.

I’m not sure if I’ll encounter any more snow this year. The footage shows the “last melt” (as I like to call it).


Pop some popcorn and then uppercut that damn play button. You won’t regret it.




Technical Information

Reversed-coupled macro photography: Canon 100mm macro lens (prime) + Canon 50mm Compact Macro lens (Secondary lens)

Camera: Canon 70D


These two photographs depict the progression of a melting snow sculpture. The sculptures were smaller than your pinky nail. Each sculpture was also a fragment of a much larger piece of snow. Snow (or ice) appears to have somewhat sticky characteristics, and it’s especially apparent at higher magnifications. It’s surprising how tough this stuff is…even when it’s melting.

It’s also quite strange to see snow exist between two different physical states. The mixture of solid and liquid created an entirely new substance. Kind of. You understand what I mean. I hope.



Now you can see significant changes within the sculpture. The shape is different and it’s also much smaller.

Here’s the “Sad Face of Winter”…before it melted into a puddle. Sad. Very sad. You can see liquid water starting to form within the face-like structure. Oh. Wait. The liquid was really tears. Never mind.


The Sad Face of Winter

Let’s take a quick gander at one more melting snow sculpture. This particular sculpture was not originally part of the previous series, so it doesn’t accurately depict the progression of snow melting. It’s a different sculpture which was photographed during a different time. Sorry.



So that’s it.

We watched winter melt into a sad puddle, and also took a closer look at snow. We are often blinded by our macroscopic vision and don’t see the tiny threads that stitch together our grander reality.




Published by FlyTrapMan

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13 thoughts on “Infinitesimal Reality: Winter is Melting

  1. The sad face of Winter made me laugh! I can see it!! Haha — be gone, Winter. What a fantastic film… and I can see the stickiness you’ve mentioned. It reminded me of Karo Light Corn Syrup. I agree with Oggy’s comment. Mesmerizing words and images.

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  2. I melted into a puddle of liquefied bone marrow watching your entrancing film! How do you create such magic? You must be a wizard of some sort! I’m sure you melt hearts, too.


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  3. Your amazing film and photos truly capture the life, death and beauty of winter, and the last sentence of your text is so true. I don’t know how you’ll ever top this, but I’m certain that you will.

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