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The unintentional beauty of the polar vortex

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

Camouflage

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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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: A man clenches his fists while walking past a steam vent on the morning of January 7, 2014 in New York, United States. A polar vortex has descended on much of North America, coming down from the Arctic, bringing record freezing temperatures across much of the country. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Below-zero temperatures push into Midwest, Northeast

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: A man clenches his fists while walking past a steam vent on the morning of January 7, 2014 in New York, United States. A polar vortex has descended on much of North America, coming down from the Arctic, bringing record freezing temperatures across much of the country. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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