If you think that winter has already come to your city, pictures from Oymyakon, the coldest village on Earth, might change your mind. With the lowest temperature of -67.7°C (-90°F), recorded in 1933, and the average for January being -50°C (-60°F), this village is the coldest permanently inhabited place on this planet.
New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple decided to go on a two-day journey from Yakutsk, the coldest major city on Earth, to capture what everyday life is like in Oymyakon.
“I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into – 47 °C (-52°F).
I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips”, the photographer told to weather.com.
The photographer recalls that the hardest thing was not the cold itself, but that his camera’s focus and zoom rings would occasionally freeze in place.
Image Credit: Photograph by thierry bornier.
I captured this image in the early morning in the Yellow Mountains, China. Behind this image there is a story.
I was climbing at 3 am to reach the waterfall, when as I arrived I could see in the dark the cloudy image surrounding the Huangshan Falls.
My hope was at sunrise this beautiful effect of nature would still stand in front of me .
Luckily at 6.30 am the image I wanted was still there.
This time I took the shot before it disappeared completely a few minutes later.
These are times of crucial change for Sherpa culture, and in particular for the subculture of the Sherpa climbing community.
Since Sherpas first were hired away from their potato farms to carry loads for an expedition in 1907, Sherpa culture has arguably been more influenced by the Western passion for mountaineering than by any other single force.
In less than a century, they have come from wondering about the sanity of the mikaru, their term for foreign climbers, to being among the best mountaineers in the world themselves.
Sherpas hold speed records on Everest. They work as guides on Denali and Mount Rainier. In 2012, Mingma and Chhang Dawa Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks became the first two brothers to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter (26,000-foot) peaks.
It’s hard to imagine that the Sherpa porters on the British expeditions to the Tibet side of Everest in the 1920s did not even have a word for “summit.”
Instead, they were convinced, as Wade Davis notes in his book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, that the foreigners were treasure hunters searching for a statue of a golden cow or yak to melt down for coins.
Wonderful Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, Copyright.
Young novices clean a temple at Bagan, Myanmar, in the morning before the tourists come to visit.
This distinctive ray of light usually falls directly upon the image of Buddha during June and July of each year.
Life in the frozen state has taken its toll on the population and numbers are declining rapidly. Officially from 750,000 to 500,000 since independence, and unofficially to 300,000.
Image Credit: Photograph: Anton Polyakov.
Transnistrian-born photographer Anton Polyakov captures daily life in the pro-Russian territory that declared independence from Moldova in 1990, but remains unrecognised by most of the world.