Snow Monsters

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Bryan Baier

Juhyo (Japanese for snowmonsters) cover the highest slopes of Zao Onsen Ski Area in Yamagata Japan. The juhyo are actually Aomori fir trees that get so completely encased in snow that they look like abominable snowmen. The effect is made possible by freezing cold air from Siberia mixing with warmer air from the Pacific Ocean in the presence of moisture from both the Pacific and the Sea of Japan. It's one of the most unearthly and beautiful scenes in the world

Location: Zao Onsen Ski Area, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan


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