Photographer Marko Korošec can typically be caught out chasing tornadoes, lightning and severe storms all over the world, but he recently took a trip to capture these astonishingly beautiful ice formations at the site of a popular ski center in Slovenia’s Mount Javornik.
Through his 10-day journey in the mountains of eastern Slovenia, he braved the frigid temperatures and strong winds to bring back these otherworldly photos of moments seemingly frozen in time. Because of the harsh conditions of high winds and freezing fog, hard layers of rime ice formed and encased a lookout tower, trees, rocks, and more. Korošec captured the icy terrain, and even noted that some of the ice spikes coming off the tower reached over 3-feet long!
We’ve rounded up some of the amazing photos from his winter series below:
In the midst of winter here in the U.S., it’s not often we’re into even the thought of more layers of ice and snow, but this mystical winter wonderland of Slovenia is truly an inspiring sight. The breathtaking ice formations are the result of what snow, wind, and ice can do to a place over time–a reminder of Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring power and beauty.
To see more of storm chaser Marko Korošec’s extreme weather photography and additional images from this shoot, be sure to check out his 500px page. He also shares photography of his worldwide expeditions on his website.
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Was Korošec’s journey worth the effort?