We’ve come to one of the coldest spots on Earth to search for beings that thrive in blistering heat. In a place with full daylight for four months, we’re seeking life that dwells in utter darkness. Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus. Above: A mix of ropes and ladders eases access to Warren Cave, a labyrinth of passages melted from the ice by the volcano’s heat. Small currents of air probably cause the scalloping around the cave’s entrance. Image © Carsten Peter / National Geographic
This picture was taken last winter in Finnish Lapland where weather can include sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow. These giant trees covered in snow and ice, are possibly the guardians of the North. Surreal landscapes sometimes result, where common trees become cloaked in white. Image Credit: Niccolò Bonfadini via apod
Steve Hinch photographed this young bear hitches a ride on his mum’s back in order to prevent his feet getting cold as his mum hunts for food in the snow. He captured this image from a safe distance in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Steve Hinch on facebook
Strong winds polished the snow of southwestern Alaska and stretched marine stratocumulus clouds into long, parallel streets in early January, 2012. After crossing Bristol Bay, the winds scraped the clouds across the tall volcanic peaks of the Aleutian Islands.
Two polar bears appear having fan in the snow. The image was captured on a tour of Alaska by photographer Siddhardha Garige.
On the night of November 29, 2010, the Canary Islands were clobbered by a strong storm system with wind gusts exceeding 100 mph (160 km/h) at the Observatorio del Teide (elevation of 7,874 ft or 2,400 m). Photographer: Jurgen Rendtel; Jurgen’s web site