Winter is Coming

To steal the ominous language of Game of Thrones, Winter is Coming.

I can't wait. 

I just re-read Bernd Heinrich's Winter World in preparation.

It's no surprise that the wonder, intrigue and science in Winter World is far beyond anything in his other (albeit excellent) book, Summer World. The adaptations to surving in a frozen landscape are unimaginable to us temperate-world humans. From manufacturing glycerol to full cellular freezing, the litany of mechanisms to cope with cold are mind bending. 

Here's a small selection of my brother's 'Snow Portraits'. A timely reminder, for me at least, as to why winter is the season of wonder. 

For more of Ben's images, see: benhallphoto.com/

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I work in NYC and own a wildlife and wilderness agency specializing in the southern cone of South America. I still do some guiding down there, especially looking for Fuegian and Patagonian avifauna. I'm particularly interested in the wintering ecology of neotropical migrants, and in avian biogeography in general. You can follow me at - @domhall And find me at - AventuraArgentina.com