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Originally published at Agent Incite. You can comment here or there.

Water, Ice, Snow

One of the things a lot writers have to do is jump outside the known, into the stark cold reality of “making shit up” and not just making it, making it up and making it sound good. If you’ve never left the southern tip of Miami, or live on a beach in Panama, you probably haven’t spent much time in the cold and snow. One of the wonderful things about snow is that it doesn’t merely fall from the sky and stay on the ground. It blows.

blowing snow,

Trying to make it through the snow, on the ground is only part of it. It reflects light. It changes the shape of things, it can make it impossible to tell how far you are from something.

two lamp posts and trees

It can make landmarks you pass every day much harder to make out. same lamps and trees

Even without the differences of night and day, the changes can be dramatic.

Land, Sea, Air

The boundaries of land, sea and air can get a little blurry.

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joycemocha
Feb. 9th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Try skiing above the tree line at Timberline in fog/whiteout conditions, where the fall lines on the Mountain itself want to steer you southwest, toward the Zigzag River canyon rather than Timberline Lodge. If Timberline runs the Magic Mile in those conditions, the only run open is on the east side of the lift line...you cross that, you know you're getting deceived by the Mountain.

Skiing in such conditions inspires vertigo. I have to stop every few turns to re-orient myself. It can be fun, but not for repeated trips and definitely not for novices. You have to be able to ski at the level where you can read the snow through your feet because the line between snow and air gets kinda fuzzy at those moments.
onyxhawke
Feb. 9th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
I've never been skiing, but I can certainly imagine that with all the time I've spent out in the woods during snow storms as a kid, there's the way sound gets muted too.
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