The unintentional beauty of the polar vortex

January 7, 2014

We all complained when the air above the North Pole moved southward through Canada and much of the United States. But the polar vortex left traces of beauty in its wake. Here are a few photographs:

From above

Smoke on the water


Iced-over blueberry farm in Florida

Rattlesnakes seeking better cover, in Arizona

Ice sculpture in Alabama

Potomac floes

I’ll be your mirror

The vortex itself, via NOAA. (Hey, beauty’s in the eye of the beholder.)

Fire and ice


David Beard is director of digital content at The Post. Follow him on Twitter. 

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David Beard is a writer, editor and director of digital content for The Post. He also edits The Optimist, a weekly e-newsletter, and has been a foreign correspondent.
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