There's nothing like a blanket of fresh snow to make for picturesque scenes around the Pacific Northwest, but among the snowmen and sleigh rides are hidden secrets of the breath-taking beauty of Mother Nature.
But photographer Alexey Kljatov has unlocked some of those secrets, using a unique camera set up to get intricate photos of individual snowflakes, which show off an amazing level of detail that each snowflake carries. They say no two snowflakes are alike, and these photographs show why.
Park rangers and tourists alike at the Grand Canyon over Thanksgiving weekend were treated to a sight only seen on average once every few years: Fog.
It takes a rare inversion set up where cold air gets trapped in the canyons and warm air sits above the rims.
"Much better than Black Friday!" National Park Service Ranger Erin Whittaker posted on the Grand Canyon's Facebook page. "Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all!"
It's been perhaps the most anticipated astronomical event of the year as Comet ISON makes its way toward the sun on a path and proximity that has some experts believing it might end up as one of the more spectacular comets in a long time.
If all goes right, Comet ISON could be so bright, it would rival a full moon at night and could even be visible during daylight. But that's a big "if".
If you ever wanted to argue for a discount on booking an outdoor wedding in Seattle, selecting Nov. 19 is probably your best bet -- as long as you don't mind extremely high odds that it'll rain on your wedding day.
Some day during the year has to be the wettest, but November 19 not only holds that title, it's miles ahead of its next-closest suitors.